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Bryan County firefighter faces arson charges

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Former volunteer firefighter James Gregg was arrested on arson charges. (KTEN) Former volunteer firefighter James Gregg was arrested on arson charges. (KTEN)

MEAD, Okla. -- A man whose duty it is to extinguish fires was arrested Tuesday for starting them. 

Former Lakewood Fire Department volunteer James Gregg was accused last Marsh of setting fires and then putting them out.

After multiple complaints, the department suspended Gregg from responding to any calls.

The Bryan County Sheriff's Office investigated the allegations and officials said Gregg admitted to setting the fires.

He was arrested Tuesday afternoon on two counts of third-degree arson. 

Lakewood Fire Department Chief Sheri Thompson said she can hardly believe that one of her own volunteers is facing a felony charge.

"We have many goals and high standards," she said. "We are still here to serve, and we are just going to move forward and get better."

Meanwhile, the department is working on enhancing training techniques and protocols.

James Gregg faces up to 30 years in prison if convicted. He could appear before a judge as early as Wednesday. 

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