Halifax man who assaulted female firefighter for putting out a fire is jailed

Bradford Crown Court
Bradford Crown Court

A 26-year-old man who attacked a female fire officer with a piece of wood and caused £4,000 of damage to a West Yorkshire fire engine has been jailed for 18 months.

The female fire officer and her colleagues had been trying to put out an early hours blaze which had been started in the West Bank area of Halifax, but when they arrived at the scene they were confronted by drunken Jason O’Donnell.

Public servants like these, be they fire officers or police officers, just can’t be subjected to this sort of behaviour without the courts responding by marking such behaviour with a prison sentence.

The Recorder of Bradford Judge Roger Thomas QC

O’Donnell was with a group of people near to the fire, and he warned the officers: “If you put the fire out I’ll go