California: man convicted of assaulting a firefighter

Gregory Lance Good Riverside County Sheriff photo
Tanker 910 dropping on Buck fire
Tanker 910 dropping on Buck fire. Still image from ABC7 video.

A California jury convicted a man from Sage, California (map) Thursday of assaulting a firefighter with a deadly weapon. The incident occurred on the Buck Fire which burned 2,681 acres south of Hemet August 14, 2012.

Gregory Lance Good Riverside County Sheriff photo
Gregory Lance Good Riverside County Sheriff photo

Gregory Lance Good, 60, became angry with a Riverside County Fire Department captain and was accused of driving his vehicle at the captain and running over his foot. Due to a lack of evidence he was acquitted of a charge of shooting at three people that he thought were trespassing on his property earlier in the year.

He could face a maximum sentence of nine years for the assault on the firefighter.

The Buck Fire was more eventful than your typical fire. An inmate firefighter died after he became ill on the fire. In addition, two CAL FIRE firefighters were injured when they were struck by retardant dropped from a CAL FIRE air tanker. They were transported to a hospital where they were treated and released.

Below is video of a DC-10, tanker 910, dropping on the Buck fire.


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Author: Bill Gabbert

After working full time in wildland fire for 33 years, he continues to learn, and strives to be a Student of Fire.