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Florida firefighter arrested for being inside U.S. Capitol during riot

U.S. Attorney in DC charges Sanford Firefighter Andrew Williams with disorderly conduct

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The Sanford Fire Department firefighter and paramedic seen in still pictures and video inside the U.S. Capitol during last Wednesday’s riot has been arrested. Andrew Williams has been initially charged by the U.S. Attorney’s Office in the District of Columbia with disorderly conduct. Williams appears to be the first active firefighter and medic criminally charged in connection to the siege of the Capitol. FDNY has confirmed it is cooperating with the FDNY about an active and a retired firefighter reported to be on the Capitol grounds.

Grace Toohey & Jeff Weiner, Orlando Sentinel:

“How are they going to arrest every single person?”the man who appeared to be Williams said in one of the clips.

Williams is currently under investigation by the Sanford Fire Department for his role in the riot, and is on paid administrative leave, the agency has said. Spokeswoman Bianca Gillett said Friday that the internal probe was ongoing and such investigations can take a “significant amount of time.”

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WESH-TV:

“The administrative investigation will look into all aspects of the nature of the photograph and will address any policy and/or law violations that could possibly arise throughout the investigation,” Sanford fire Chief Craig Radzak.

Williams has been with the Sanford fire department since 2016.

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