Florida Firefighter Resigns After Setting A Brother Firefighter On Fire as a Joke

Apopka firefighter Jason Leblanc, 44, has resigned following the disclosure that he set another firefighter, 25-year-old Jack Shumate, on fire at a holiday party on December 18, 2010. Shumate sustained second degree burns and has not returned to work since the incident.

Leblanc allegedly used lighter fluid to set Shumate’s pants on fire as a joke. Despite his injuries, Shumate has asked that charges not be brought against Leblanc. That appears to be out of his control as Leblanc faces two felony arson charges stemming from the incident. The Apopka Fire Department has launched an internal investigation.

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About Curt Varone

Curt Varone has over 45 years of fire service experience and 35 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, 4th ed. 2022) and Fire Officer's Legal Handbook (2007), and is a contributing editor for Firehouse Magazine writing the Fire Law column.

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