Neighbors React to Fire Chief Arrest While Fighting House Fire

A house fire isn't something the people who live in Cannelton see every day, but a feud between first responders on the scene of a fire isn't either. While no one was hurt in the fire, the incident has the town talking.

Small towns typically rely on first responders to keep them safe. But some people in Cannelton are feeling quite the opposite. 

Julie Sommer, who lives a couple doors down from the scene of the fire says, "It's concerning. I'm very concerned about that."

James Kennedy says he feels unsafe. 

Cannelton Volunteer Firefighters arrived at the scene of a house fire on Knight Street Tuesday night. But a fire wasn't the only thing those firefighters would fight. 

Norman Schroeder, a former police officer says,"The police and fireman had a job there and the police were trying to find out what happened and the firemen were trying to put the fire out and the two met and didn't get along."

According to investigators, when officers arrives at the house fire, Fire Chief Christopher Herzog tried to protect his turf, shoving a Cannelton police officer multiple times. 

Herzog was arrested and charged with battery against a police officer, a level 6 felony. 

"It's confusing I'm not really sure what happened and why it happened," Sommer says. 

Schroeder says he has been on the scene of many fires and the first responders always got along. 

"The police and fire departments aren't enemies they're friends," Schroeder says. 

But the question is, what happens next?

"There might be one or two that can't get over it but as long as the police and fire department are concerned they're going to be friends afterwards," Schroeder says. 

The Cannelton Police Department was closed today and the mayor was not in the office for comments. Herzog says he is waiting to hire an attorney before he can say anything about the incident. 


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