PORT CHARLOTTE, Fla. — In the 15 years Lt. John Jensen has served with Charlotte County Fire/EMS, last Friday was the first time anyone swung a shovel at his head.
Jensen was allegedly struck in the helmet with a shovel by Gregory Sean Turner, 44, when fire personnel responded to reports of an illegal burn at his home in the 3100 block of Pine Tree St., Port Charlotte.
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Laurine WhiteWednesday, November 28, 2012 10:14:30 AMThis just goes to show how very dangerous being a Fire Fighter is.
Wayland SlaterWednesday, November 28, 2012 4:51:53 PMWhile out painting hydrants I noticed two older gentleman just starting to ignite an entire storage building. I approached them and at first they were cooperative. I instructed them that they could not just burn a building. Luckily they were able to extinguish it with a garden hose they already did have on just in case it got out of hand. A few weeks later there was a complaint from "someone" that a firefighter hasstled them for burning "refuge". Wonder what would have said about me if I requested an engine and an officer.
Jeff AllenThursday, November 29, 2012 4:30:04 AMIt's getting to the point where if a fire crew is going out on a burn complaint, they need to request law enforcement back up prior to 'addressing' the issue with the citizen. This type of situation will end up with a fireifghter fatality, and then somebody will come up with the great idea to have law enforcement back up for these calls........stay safe.
Kevin PerryThursday, December 06, 2012 2:24:45 AMMr. Turner apperantly has some mental issues or is just a "douche"! I hope the judge doesn't let him off easy. He needs to man up and account for his stupid actions.
Wayland SlaterFriday, December 07, 2012 8:18:57 PMI'm not sure if it's a federal law, yet, but I know in some states that assaulting or doing harm to a FF or EMS staff is the same punishment as if it was a police officer. And it should be that way.