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Former firefighter handcuffed after trying to put out house fire

A former firefighter and state representative for Missouri was handcuffed after running into a burning home to help save a family and trying to put the fire out with a garden hose. (KTVI/CNN Newsource)

LAKE ST. LOUIS, Mo. (WKRC) - A former firefighter and state representative for Missouri was handcuffed after running into a burning home to help save a family and trying to put the fire out with a garden hose.

Neal St. Onge said he was driving when he saw smoke coming from a nearby home. He pulled over, told his passenger to call 911 and decided to enter the home to help the family of three get out safely.

St. Onge was trying to put out the fire with a garden hose when fire and police showed up. Police told him to get off the walkway, but St. Onge insisted he knew what he was doing. He was then handcuffed and later ticketed with failure to comply.

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