Wilson 'arsonist' a volunteer firefighter

By: Teddy Safo Email
By: Teddy Safo Email

CARTER COUNTY, Okla. – Authorities in Carter County say they have arrested three men for setting several fires in and around Wilson, Oklahoma.

Deputies from the Carter County Sheriff’s Office worked with Wilson Police to solve the case and came up with a shocking suspect.

Since July, authorities say three men have burglarized and set fire to several old buildings throughout Carter County and the city of Wilson. But there's a twist- authorities say one of the accused, Dillon Vernon, helped put out some of those fires he set.

He was a Wilson volunteer firefighter.

Officials say the motive was pure entertainment.

Several buildings that were torched during the crime spree were abandoned, and thankfully no one was hurt.

Investigators say the most disturbing part of these crimes was Vernon’s role, which was setting the fires, and then helping fellow firefighters put them out.

"We know that the firefighter did himself did respond to several of the arsons and assist in putting fires out," said Wilson police Chief Felix Hernandez.

Hernandez also says he is extremely disappointed in Vernon and that he never would have expected a volunteer firefighter to be involved such crimes.

"I was surprised and shocked. Dillon had never given us any problems. When we started developing leads with the sheriff’s office, I was surprised."

Now the men sit in the Carter County Jail facing arson and burglary charges.


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  • by That Girl Location: Bryan County on Aug 21, 2007 at 12:45 PM
    Julie, I think you are right. Maybe if these young men were in the Army they would learn some discipline. That is what the youth of the world need to be taught.
  • by Julie Location: Texas on Aug 21, 2007 at 08:52 AM
    Did I say put them in military uniform, I am the daughter of a US Airmen too.They don't need to be in with our service men and women, they just need to strap a parachute to them and drop them off somewhere over there in the mountains. Why keep prisons over crowded over here and send young teenagers over there? Most prisoners would probably do us a good job rather than be behind bars over here.
  • by That Girl Location: Bryan County on Aug 21, 2007 at 07:42 AM
    I agree completely with Julie, think of how much money the U. S. would save if they sent all the prisoners to Iraq.
  • by Veteran's Daughter Location: Ardmore on Aug 20, 2007 at 01:23 PM
    In response to Julie in Texas, send inmates to Iraq - these boys did not even respect property in their own home town - how can you give such a responsibility to such irresponsible individuals? Look at the crime(s) they committed and you want to arm them as USA Soldiers - When they are found guilty then they don't deserve to wear any other uniform other than prison grays. Get real.
  • by Julie Location: Texas on Aug 20, 2007 at 09:07 AM
    This is a good reason to empty out our overcrowded jails and prisons, instead of thinking of a draft. Ship all the inmates to Iraq to serve on the front line!
  • by Confused Location: Wilson on Aug 18, 2007 at 09:14 PM
    I am shocked as well as everyone as everyone else. I know this young man and would never expect this knid behavior.
  • by Mork Location: Ork on Aug 18, 2007 at 08:42 AM
    I wonder how entertaining they will find the Carter County Jail? The 3 Stooges. I'm sure the city of Wilson & their parents are proud.
  • by Butch "Dubya" Hickson Location: The Stix on Aug 18, 2007 at 07:22 AM
    Sad situation. Needs to be sentenced to at least 30 years in jail. Criminals to be sentenced tougher in this country; that is why there is so much crime. If this criminal was given tougher sentence and hard jail time, people wouldnt do stuff like this.
  • by Mork Location: Ork on Aug 18, 2007 at 05:57 AM
    I wonder how entertaining they're finding the Carter County Jail?
  • by Joe Location: Tishomingo on Aug 17, 2007 at 08:16 PM
    Picture is funny, the first is defiant, the second is thinking what have i done, the third is still in shock at what he has done. there faces speak volumes.
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