Sleepy Hollow Firefighter Accused Of Arson

SLEEPY HOLLOW, NY (AP / CBSNewYork) – A volunteer firefighter in a suburban New York village has been accused of intentionally setting a fire and then joining his colleagues in putting it out.

WCBS 880’s Sean Adams: It’s A Dark Day In Sleepy Hollow

Trent Bronner, of Sleepy Hollow, N.Y., was arraigned on a felony arson charge on Wednesday and taken to the Westchester County jail.

The 21-year-old Bronner has volunteered with the Sleepy Hollow fire department for three years.

“The guys are very disappointed for one of the simple facts that he was a very active firefighter. He was around all the time. You call and ask him to do anything. He’d be the first guy to sign up for training. He’s very active with our junior corps. He always helped the kids out,” Sleepy Hollow fire chief John Korzelius told WCBS 880’s Sean Adams.

It’s unclear what led police to Bronner, although he did post photos of the fire on Facebook.

No motive has been disclosed, but typically when a firefighter commits arson, he wants to be the hero who comes to the rescue.

The department’s web site listed Bronner as responding to the most fire calls from April 2010 to March 2011. The name of his lawyer could not immediately be determined.

The March 20 fire caused extensive damage to a two-family house. No one was injured.

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  • perceptionisamutha

    people that think they know about this kids background really don’t know the whole story. Ask people around his area about what he had to live with growing up. His upbringing can’t be used as an excuse but if people knew the truth, I bet it would shin the light of some things.

    • Firefighter's daughter

      I agree with you. Moreover, I believe that his upbringing MUST be taken into consideration before condemning this good young man. There’s a reason why he was driven to these actions. He’s too worthwhile a young man to be flushed down the tubes for this. From my own interactions with him, this is a life well-worth saving, I know it. Despite what’s happened here, I admire this young man — and I believe he’s well-deserving of it. He needs to be helped to overcome the experiences in his past that drove him to this, helped to re-set his course — while working hard to make restitution for what he’s done.

  • Eileen Shanette

    I knew this guy and if he claims to be innocent id believe it. As you even read he’s a really nice guy and i remember conversating with him and him telling me how ppl take advantage of his kindness all the time and how ppl at his work would play tricks on him. There was soap in his water bottle and he told me it was probably ppl playing a joke on him. I dont doubt for a second this is a racist issue and if anyone on here thinks thats funny they seriously need to f*cking grow up and show some respect. seriously.

  • anonymous

    Correction, @ Rod

  • Anonymous

    @ Ron you are an ignorant racist pig. Because of people like you racism is still alive in this country. Grow up, we are in the year 2011, slavery days are over. Not taking anything from what he is accused of doing, but there are a lot of black fireman who are honorable, and one day one of those, as you called them, monkeys might have to save your life. DUH

  • Sleepy Hollow

    I hate how the stupid police say he posted pictures of the fire on facebook. When somebody else had taken the pictures and tagged him in them. He doesn’t deserve this BS.



  • Mr. Nice Guy


    Not everyone can be as impossibly beautiful as yourself.

  • kendra

    u can clearly c this guy has mental problems and he should seek help immediatly ….

  • bully kitabi

    The law says a person is innocent until proven guilty. Aray baba, don’t condemn the man until the law says so. After all you heard his boss says he was conscientious.
    Secondly, the police, and sometimes the judges and the jury, the US of A, have not been credited with a high Q. No wonder there has been a lot of wrong jailing!

  • nyc

    What a way to get attention ! Criminal / Moron

    • Firefighter's daughter

      This guy is no moron. As to his being a criminal, having been acquainted with this young man, I can only believe that this was something beyond his emotional or mental control. This insanity aside, Trent Bronner is one of the most respectable, upstanding, selfless young men one can hope to know. BTW, he IS a hero. Last fall, a Tappan Zee Bridge suicide jumper survived because Trent and another SH firefighter jumped into the river and pulled the man to safety. From my interactions with him, I can tell you that he would give you the shirt off his back and he was driven to serve others. Whatever this mental “thing” is that has a hold on him, I pray he is allowed to spend his time in a place where he can get help. I’m no bleeding heart — the opposite, actually. But in this individual’s case, in my opinion, this particular young man is well-worth trying to heal, rather than being sent to rot in prison for the affliction that drove him to commit these horrible acts. I pray the Court system uses discernment.

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