Posted by Bill Gardner on Saturday, May 19, 2018
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This is an interesting video from Jefferson County, Kansas that was posted last week. According to the locator on the post by Bill Gardner this took place in Winchester. The fire company involved is the Winchester Fire Department, Jefferson Fire District #10. The video was spotted on the Facebook group “Jefferson County Kansas Police Scanner & News”.
Bill Gardner was burning trash on his property when firefighters showed up. Gardner had a scanner running, recording radio traffic throughout the video.
The first arriving firefighter, a chief officer, asked Gardner to move his pickup truck so he could bring in a fire truck to “put this out.” Gardner responded “I don’t think that’s really necessary.” The chief responded, “I’m not asking, I’m telling you. Move your truck.”
The chief the told Gardner if you are going to do an illegal burn, “I am going to tell you what to do.” Gardner challenged the chief, asking about any paperwork he might have. The conversation continued to go downhill and it appears Gardner never moved his pickup truck. But the chief moved Gardner, twice shoving him out of the way. Eventually the chief turned a fire hose on Bill Gardner.
There is a lengthy discussion on Gardner’s Facebook page about the incident with some people supporting Gardner and others defending the actions of the chief and the fire department. Here are a few comments and posts from Gardner: