FIREFIGHTERS TURNED CRIMEFIGHTERS

May 19, 2008

FIREFIGHTERS TURNED CRIMEFIGHTERSFIREFIGHTERS TURNED CRIMEFIGHTERS

Chief of Department Joseph R. Lello and Sheriff Al Lamberti listen as Broward Sheriff Fire Rescue Lt. Dean Meadows (center) tells reporters how his crew on Engine #14 spotted two masked men coming out of a cellphone store on State Rd. 7 Friday afternoon while returning from a call. They followed the suspects in an SUV through routine traffic on the road for a couple of miles. When the suspects made a U-turn, so did the fire truck and that’s when they realized they were being tailed. The firefighters radioed the locations and description of the suspect vehicle on I-595 and I-95, keeping an eye from a distance until they lost sight of the SUV near Stirling Rd. By then, a BSO helicopter and deputies were closing in and they bailed out near the 5800 block of SW 25 Ave in Dania Beach. Sheriff Al Lamberti said, “In my 30 years of law enforcement, this is a first.” He added, “We’re one BSO and this is what the dedicated men and women do everyday, ensuring the safety of our residents and visitors in Broward County.”

Photo by Mike Jachles / Broward Sheriff Fire Rescue

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