Youngstown Drug Dealer Sentenced For Harassing Firefighters

A drug dealer who harassed firefighters operating at the scene of a vacant house fire in Youngstown, Ohio last December, has been sentenced to one year in prison. Cameron Dyer, 30, pled guilty charges of disrupting a public service and was sentenced immediately.

Dyer, who allegedly had $8,000 in cash stashed in the building, was upset that firefighters were not aggressively fighting the fire. He drove over fire hose and verbally berated firefighters at the scene. As crews were departing the scene, shots were fired at the apparatus striking Lieutenant Paul Hutton, 46, in the leg and narrowly missing other personnel.

Given the earlier altercation, Dyer became an immediate suspect in the shooting but police were unable to make the case. Dyer is currently serving a 2 ½ year sentence on an unrelated drug charge. The one-year sentence for harassing the firefighters will be served consecutively.

About Curt Varone

Curt Varone has over 40 years of fire service experience and 30 as a practicing attorney licensed in both Rhode Island and Maine. His background includes 29 years as a career firefighter in Providence (retiring as a Deputy Assistant Chief), as well as volunteer and paid on call experience. He is the author of two books: Legal Considerations for Fire and Emergency Services, (2006, 2nd ed. 2011, 3rd ed. 2014) and Fire Officer's Legal Handbook (2007), and is a contributing editor for Firehouse Magazine writing the Fire Law column.
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