Man Arrested For Tackling Firefighter While Victim Trapped In House

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ALTON, IL (KTVI)– An Alton man is under arrest charged with tackling a firefighter.

Police say Henry Jarrett tackled one of the firefighters as they started to head inside a house to save the only person who hadn’t escaped the flames.

They say the force of the hit knocked the firefighter off the porch.

The firefighter suffered back injuries from landing on his air tank. The man in the house suffered second degree burns.

Jarrett is charged with aggravated battery.