Firefighter Started Working For The Fire Department At 15, Now, 19, Faces Arson Charges

Firefighter & son of former town mayor, Lawson Michael Schalm is charged with starting 18 fires in Mayerthorpe, Alberta

Lawson Michael Schalm, Supplied/Facebook
Lawson Michael Schalm, Supplied/Facebook

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.

The CN trestle bridge ablaze, PipistrelCanada/Youtube
The CN trestle bridge ablaze, PipistrelCanada/Youtube

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.



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