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The trial of two Prince George’s County, Maryland volunteer firefighters accused of assaulting career firefighters outside a burning home in the New Carrollton/Lanham area is scheduled to begin today (Monday). The volunteers are members of the West Lanham Hills VFD. WTOP’s Neal Augenstein reports the trial is scheduled to last four days.

Neal Augenstein, WTOP Radio:

Jeffrey Miller and Christopher Kelly — both members of Volunteer Company 28 — were indicted on a charge of fighting with a career firefighter unit over who should go inside a house that was ablaze Dec. 8, 2015.

According to prosecutors, Career Company 30 arrived first at the scene of the fire, but Kelly — who was not fully geared up — blocked the door so members of the career company couldn’t enter before members of the volunteer company.

When announcing the indictment in December 2016, Prince George’s County State’s Attorney Angela Alsobrooks said Kelly and a career fighter struggled on the front porch before Kelly hit her, knocking the firefighter off the porch.

According to prosecutors, Miller grabbed the career firefighter and pulled her off the porch.
Police were called, and officers separated the fighting firefighters.

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