Lawson Michael Schalm, son of the former town mayor, started working for the Mayerthorpe fire department, Alberta, Canada, when he was 15 years old when he was considering to become a firefighter. Now Lawson is 19-years-old he is being charged to be in connection with starting 18 fires most of which he helped to take out as a volunteer firefighter.
These accusations come after a huge blaze erupted at the CN trestle bridge, the fire required firefighter from four stations to douse the flames. The loss of the bridge has caused direct damage to local jobs and the timber and oil industries After investigations were made regarding the huge fire, it was found that Lawson was connected to starting it.
He was arrested and charged with 18 counts of arson in relation to a fire that burned the CN trestle bridge. He will make his first appearance on May 4th at Stony Plain Provincial Court.