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By BETH ZUMWALT
Two men who interfered with the Spring Creek Fire Department as they were on the way to the scene a fatal house fire, have plead guilty to a Class C misdemenor.
Nathan Schultz,44, and Jonathan Johns,47,both of Nebo, were charged with three class C felonies of aggravated intimidation of fireman and one Class A misdemeanor count of resisting police officer, EMT or firefighter.
Johns and Schultz plead guilty to disorderly conduct, a class C misdemeanor, a charge later added.
The incident occurred March 19, when a mobile home in Nebo was reportedly on fire with children trapped inside. The two men allegedly obstructed the Spring Creek Fire Department from pulling the fire engines out of the firehouse. Various reasons were given for their actions but none were ever verified.
The fire resulted in the death of a nine-month old infant, but Pike County State’s Attorney, Zachary Boren said the short delay in response time had no bearing on the outcome.
“This was a horrible situation,”Boren said. “However, the Chief of the Spring Creek Fire Protection District informed me that the roof of the house had already collapsed by the time these firefighters were responding. Therefore, this incident did not cause the death of a child. I hope the fines and the jail time will remind others to be respectful of firefighters who are trying to do their job and keep people safe.”
Both men were sentenced to 12 months supervision, $500 fine plus costs, maintain employment, no harmful or offensive contact with the Spring Creek Fire Protection District, six days in jail with good time to apply.