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WICHITA, Kan. -- It is not every day that a sheriffs deputy is sent to put out a fire, but after the local fire departments in Lyon County were overwhelmed with out-of-control fires on Saturday, the sheriffs office stepped up.
Deputy Jacob Welsh and Reserve Deputy in training Robert Sullivan were called out to help firefighters put out a fire near Reading Lake. Reserve Deputy Sullivan had a camera mounted to his shirt so he could review his day of training, and that camera was rolling as the pair went to put out the fire.
Sullivan posted the video to Facebook saying "I think it is a good way to educate the public on what’s going on." It has been shared and re-posted and now is on YouTube.
The video shows flames roaring through the Flint Hills and massive columns of smoke limiting seeing distance to just a few feet.
The fire is under investigation and did cause some people camping near Reading Lake to be evacuated. Both Welsh and Sullivan applauded the local firefighters, most of which are volunteers, and were glad to be able to help in any way that they could.