Cannelton fire chief arrested after shoving officer

From Local Sources

CANNELTON — The chief of the Cannelton Fire Department was arrested Tuesday for allegedly shoving a police officer multiple times at a fire scene.


According to the Indiana State Police, the Cannelton Fire and Police Departments responded to an active structure fire Tuesday night in Cannelton. Police say Cannelton Police Officer Ryen Foertsch and Perry County Deputy Stephen Poehlein arrived at the scene, and immediately entered the burning residence to make sure nobody was inside. After clearing two rooms of the home, the smoke became overwhelming and the officers were forced from the fire.
Once outside, police say Foertsch attempted to break the window of a room that he was unable to clear. 

Fire Chief Christopher Herzog, 51, of Cannelton, approached Foertsch and allegedly pushed him hard enough to cause him to step back. Police say Herzog then began shouting profanities at him, telling him to get off of his fire scene. 

Police say Foertsch tried to explain to Herzog what they were doing to clear the burning home, at which point Herzog allegedly pushed Foertsch again, and again yelled profanities at Foertsch to get off of his scene.
Both officers conveyed the situation to their superiors. 

At the request of Cannelton Police Chief Lee Hall, troopers with the Indiana State Police were contacted to investigate the complaint. 

After investigating, Troopers Jeremy Galloway and Nathaniel Kern arrived at the scene of the fire and placed Herzog into custody. 

Herzog was preliminarily charged with Level 6 felony Battery Against a Public Safety Officer and was lodged in the Perry County Jail.

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