July 1999, Tennessee) Seven firefighters from the Sequoyah Volunteer
Fire Department, located in rural Hamilton County north of Chattanooga,
decided to impress their Chief by surreptitiously setting fire to a
house, then heroically extinguishing the blaze. The men apparently hatched
the plan in order to help Daniel, a former firefighter, return to duty.
Unfortunately, Daniel's career plans were irreversibly snuffed when he became trapped while pouring gasoline inside the house. Surrounded by smoke and flames, he was unable to escape, and died inside the burning house on June 26.
His six accomplices are facing 87 years in prison for conspiracy, arson, and burglary.
One of our readers, Terry Boese, notes, "What makes me feel this
is a genuine candidate, is that not only did he kill himself with
an act of stupidity, but he is also no longer able to protect other
would-be pyromaniacs from Darwin Awards. Had he been successful in
his attempt to regain his position, he may have had a ripple effect
in the gene pool."
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Submitted by: Tina Slakans,
Reference: www.infobeat.com, Associated Press, Albuquerque
Journal, KIRO Radio News