Boynton Vol. Firefighter Admits To Arson, Investigators Say - NewsOn6.com - Tulsa, OK - News, Weather, Video and Sports - KOTV.com |

News: Crime

Boynton Volunteer Firefighter Admits To Arson, Investigators Say

Posted: Updated:
Dustin Davis, 25, is a Boynton volunteer firefighter who admitted to arson. [Facebook photo] Dustin Davis, 25, is a Boynton volunteer firefighter who admitted to arson. [Facebook photo]
A photo on Dustin Davis' Facebook profile shows him receiving a medal while in uniform for the U.S. Marine Corps. A photo on Dustin Davis' Facebook profile shows him receiving a medal while in uniform for the U.S. Marine Corps.
BOYNTON, Oklahoma -

A Boynton volunteer firefighter is expected to be charged with arson after admitting he set seven fires last month, Muskogee County Sheriff Charles Pearson said.

Pearson said Dustin Davis, 25, intentionally set fires, and they happened during a time when every fire department in the county was battling blazes around the clock.

Investigators are hoping the district attorney will file official charges in coming days.

"We've had these cases in the past with firefighters, but they're hard to catch," Pearson said. "We finally caught one."

Pearson called volunteer fire chief Steve Allen "a hero," for "thinking outside the box and really catching [Davis] basically in the act." When confronted with evidence, Davis admitted to Allen that he was the arsonist, Pearson said.

After the fires were set, Allen immediately was suspicious, telling Pearson a firefighter had to be to blame.

"The fires were set near resources – next to the lake, away from hay bales and structures," Pearson said. "It appears like [Davis] wasn't trying to do a lot of damage. It was apparent it wasn't just somebody throwing a cigarette out the window."

Allen even set up a way to trap the culprit, by encouraging Davis, who didn't know he was a suspect, to use a pager system when he needed to report a fire to his fellow firefighters. This way, Allen was able to keep track of fires reported by Davis.

"[Davis would] report them, call for help and then go fight them," Pearson said. "He was the first one at every fire, hard-worker, and the last one to leave," Pearson said.

Using his own phone, Davis called in the seventh fire to 911, but he gave a fake name to the dispatcher. Despite the alias of "Michael," Davis' voice was easily identified by the fire chief, Pearson said.

The Muskogee Phoenix reported Friday that Davis told a Muskogee County deputy his reasoning for doing it was, "I guess, is he said he's on medication from the VA," Deputy Darrin Berry told the newspaper. "He was missing the camaraderie of being around the guys he worked with. That was a way of getting people together. He didn't want to hurt anyone or damage any property."

Davis was added to the volunteer force recently, and a full background check was done before he could begin work.

"The thing is, you've got to realize, we can do a background check on someone and look into their past," Pearson said.

"But whether you're wanting to be hired as Tulsa Police or a volunteer firefighter, you can't do a background check into what someone thinks, what's in their head."

Special Features

Bridge Tracker

How safe are Oklahoma?s bridges? Use Bridge Tracker to find out now.

Fallen Heroes

The News On 6 honors our fallen Oklahoma heroes. View our interactive timeline.

Links

Looking for a website or event you heard mentioned on The News On 6? Find it here!

Murrah Bombing Timeline

Learn more about the events leading up to and following the bombing.

Turnpike Interactive

View a historical road map of Oklahoma's turnpike system.

Live Radar

WARN Interactive

Featured on NewsOn6.com

  • Cold Cases

    Join Lori and local homicide detectives as they search for Cold Case clues.

  • Crime Survival Guide

    What can you do to survive a crime? Find advice for personal safety here.

  • Links

    Looking for a website you heard mentioned on News On 6? Find it here!

Powered by WorldNow
News On 6
303 N. Boston Ave.
Tulsa, OK 74103
TULSA'S OWN TM
GREEN COUNTRY'S OWN TM
Oklahoma's Own Newson6.com is proud to provide Oklahomans with timely and relevant news and information, sharing the stories, pictures and loves of Oklahomans across our great state including Tulsa's Own and Green Country's Own.
All content © Copyright 2000 - 2014, WorldNow and KOTV. All Rights Reserved. For more information on this site, please read our Privacy Policy and Terms of Service.