OLD MONROE, Mo. (AP) — The arson arrest of a volunteer Missouri firefighter isn't as uncommon as some might think.
Lincoln County volunteer firefighter Dustin Grigsby was arrested Monday and accused of torching a garage, but authorities say he is suspected in 14 other suspicious fires in the Old Monroe area.
The St. Louis Post-Dispatch reports that across the country, an estimated 1000 firefighters are arrested for arson each year.
Researchers have for years tried to determine what drives firefighters to become arsonists, or if arsonists are drawn to be firefighters. The FBI and universities are among those seeking answers.
Grigsby is 19, and firefighter arsonists are generally 17 to 25, according to research by Matthew Hinds-Aldrich, an assistant professor of fire science at Anna Maria College in Paxton, Massachusetts.
A St. Louis firefighter is the first Missouri Lottery player to claim the top prize on a “Millionaire” Scratchers ticket. 60-year-old Bob Church of St. Charles bought the winning ticket at Aro-Mart off Harvester Road, in St. Peters May 21.
Church says, "My first day of vacation is when I scratched this off. I was on my way home from the firehouse."
Church has been with the Chesterfield Fire department for 37 years. He now says he and his wife Dawn can pay off their house and cars. He retires in October.