Sherman firefighter arrested for possession of meth

By: Nicole Holt Email
By: Nicole Holt Email

SHERMAN, Tex. -- A Sherman firefighter was arrested Thursday morning for possession of meth. Firefighter Zach Cornell was taken into custody around nine o'clock Thursday morning after Sherman police searched his vehicle and found meth.

Zach Cornell, 31, was arrested Thursday morning after an anonymous caller notified the Sherman Police Department of a suspicious man passed out behind the wheel of a car on Sunset Boulevard.

Police say Cornell was off duty, but still in uniform. When officers searched Cornell’s car, they found a pipe and less than one gram of methamphetamine.

"At that point in time, a search warrant obtained for the residence at this point in time, nothing has been recovered from the residence," Sgt. Dawsey said.

Police say Cornell was arrested and charged with possession of methamphetamine less than one gram in a drug free zone. They say Cornell was arrested within 1,000 feet of Wakefield Elementary School, which enhances the charge to a third degree felony.

Sherman Fire Chief Jeff Jones says Cornell has been employed with the City of Sherman as a firefighter since 2000. No word yet if he will be suspended or put on administrative leave with the Sherman Fire Department. Jones says that decision will be made after results from Cornell's drug tests are analyzed.


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  • by RE: DUBYA HICKSON Location: YOURMOM. on Nov 5, 2008 at 08:25 AM
    shut up, he aint a loser.
  • by RE: SHERMAN RESIDENT Location: SAVOY on Nov 5, 2008 at 08:17 AM
    He is MOST DEFINETLY, not employed with Sherman Firefighters anymore! He did PASS the drug test. :) He is doing great! All pray for him. And if he was asleep, he wasn't doped up on the meth, right? I know him, I grew up with him. HE IS NOT GUILTY! ...please don't leave rude comments, your just making yourself look BAD.
  • by sherman resident Location: sherman on May 20, 2008 at 09:31 PM
    anything new on this story? did he pass the drug test? is he still employed with the city?
  • by 12 news fan on Mar 19, 2008 at 09:26 PM
    Dearest firefighter, If you now need a new job, The Love County Sheriff's Dept is now in need of a jailer/dispatcher! (search Love Co and read "Jailer helps prisoner escape") LOL
  • by not Location: set up on Mar 19, 2008 at 01:39 PM
    They found a pipe and surely they will test it for finger prints. If he really was set up his prints should not be on the pipe.
  • by same ol Location: story on Mar 19, 2008 at 12:56 PM
    Why is it that no one actually ever has there own drugs? They were always "planted". I am skeptical because every drug user or criminal always has a story. Every murderer on death row is innocent. The truth is when someone you know gets in trouble you just don't want to believe it so these unbelievable excuses start seeming feasible. I hope he is innocent but come on people. He is a public servant and trust me the law enforcement in Sherman would love for this to go away and would love it if he were innocent. If they thought there was any chance he was innocent they would turn every stone to prove it. They don't want this black eye. If they think he did it chances are he did it because they don't want this kind of publicity.
  • by Anonymous on Mar 19, 2008 at 10:12 AM
    Who says the bible is real? Which bible is the correct one? Which religeon is the correct one to follow? Isn't that judgemental?? Bible thumpers crack me up... Compassionate person: He is "Presumed innocent" not flat out innocent. Safe to say when you are caught red handed, you pretty much are not going to be let off the hook! He was passed out IN UNIFORM with meth on his person. I guess he could plead the most common reponse: "I was holding it for a friend". Some people's children...
  • by ME Location: HERE on Mar 19, 2008 at 09:33 AM
    TO ANONYMOUS ON MAR 19 AT 02:47 AM, YOU ARE RIGHT, I FULLY AGREE METH KEEPS YOU UP AT ALL HOURS OF THE NIGHT, MAYBY THE PERSON WHO CALLED PLANTED THOSE DRUGS BECAUSE THEY HAD ISSUES WITH ZACH, THAT IS A GOOD VIEW ON THIS SUBJECT. BY THE WAY WHAT WERE YOU DOING UP AT 02:47 AM ON A TUESDAY NIGHT? HANG IN THERE ZACH
  • by Anonymous on Mar 19, 2008 at 12:47 AM
    i dont know if anyone else gets this... but if you are on meth YOU DONT SLEEP!!! somone should check out the caller
  • by me Location: here on Mar 18, 2008 at 03:22 PM
    WOW!!!!!!!!!!!!! THERE ARE SOME REAL UNSTABLE POEPLE HERE, PLANO FIREMAN, POSIBLE SERIAL KILLER, TOMMY IN DENISON POSIBLE VICTIM, WISE MAN IS POSIBLE TV EVANGELICAL, DOESN'T MATTER POSIBLE WISE MAN. THE PLOT THICKENS, FILM AT 11:00 HA HA HA BAD BOY ZACH.
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