2 Washington County Firefighters Arrested For Starting Grass Fir - NewsOn6.com - Tulsa, OK - News, Weather, Video and Sports - KOTV.com |

News: Crime

2 Washington County Firefighters Arrested For Starting Grass Fires

Posted: Updated:
Hunter Martin [Left] and Patrick Bradley [right]. Hunter Martin [Left] and Patrick Bradley [right].
WASHINGTON COUNTY, Oklahoma -

Two members of the Washington County Fire Department and Washington County Emergency Management are arrested, accused of starting grass fires.

They are now charged with third-degree arson, accused of intentionally setting fires in February.

Just outside Bartlesville, grass is starting to grow back after the Sheriff's Office said two firefighters purposely set the land on fire.
The department is made up of volunteers, a team Hunter Martin and Patrick Bradley used to be a part of.

They're now both charged with third-degree arson after investigators say they worked together to start three fires.

"Just think if a house had caught fire - just think! And then they lose everything they have," said Denise Hamlan. 

About 150 acres burned. And while there are homes nearby, they weren't in immediate danger.

Both Bradley and Martin admitted to being involved in all three fires, set with a lighter and bundled up paper.

"We kind of went in circles there for a little while until they finally did come forward with the truth," said Lieutenant Jon Copeland.  

Copeland said a motive isn't clear, especially because they were volunteering their time to work for the department.

"There are some people that just the thrill of going to a scene, whether it be an accident or a fire, driving an emergency vehicle with lights and sirens, would be the only thing that I could think of as far as motive behind it," Copeland said. 

Both men volunteered for the department for less than a year.

Martin said before joining the Washington County Fire Department, he worked with the Oglesby Fire Department for two years. He also said he's lost his dream job.

Bradley is facing an assault with a dangerous weapon charge for another incident earlier this month.

The emergency management office and fire department said they could always use more volunteers, especially after losing these two suspects.

If you'd like to apply, just give the fire department a call.
    

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.

Live Traffic

Get the latest road conditions on Green Country roadways.

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 Frankly
News On 6
303 N. Boston Ave.
Tulsa, OK 74103
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.
All content © Copyright 2000 - 2018 KOTV. Oklahoma Traveler™ is a registered trademark of Griffin Communications. All Rights Reserved.
For more information on this site, please read our Privacy Policy, and Terms of Service, and Ad Choices.