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He was placed in the Western Regional Jail at about 3:55 a.m. Monday morning, Jan. 14 on a $5,000 bond.
Multiple reports indicated that Masters has been placed on administrative leave from the HFD. An investigation has been opened by the department and members of the administration, however , as of 8:15 p.m. Monday, Jan. 14, they had not yet spoken to Masters.
During a July 2009 council meeting , Masters was praised for heroics.
Mrs. Linda Bennett came to City Hall to publicly thank firefighters Shane Masters and Adam Howard for their heroics in responding to her cardiac arrest May 28, 2009.
“Firefighters Shane Masters and Adam Howard were dispatched to a person in dispatch in the 1800 block of Jackson Avenue. And, this person, is me, “ Mrs. Bennett said.
Until their action, Bennett explained that she thought like many others “that you only call the fire department to save your home or business. They are the first to respond and arrive on a scene. Without [their] quick thinking, decisive action and pure dedication , I would no longer be a mother, a sister, an aunt, a grandmother, or just a friend. I would not be here to honor such heroic men today. They literally pulled me from the brinks of death.”
Mrs. Bennett continued, “There are no words to adequately express appreciation and gratitude to hometown heroes, firefighters Shane Masters and Adam Howard. Firefighters are true life savers. I would like the public to stand along with me and my family to pay tribute to those heroic men.”
Masters had been active in stressing low staffing levels at the Fire Department and in opposing the McGrath Report which found inefficiencies in the department.