BAINBRIDGE, GA (WALB) - Bainbridge Public Safety officers are investigating multiples arsons from the past few months.
An officer was seriously hurt in one of those fires.
Captain Shannon Dunaway and his wife Meredith are still recovering from the house fire back in August that left him with multiple injuries.
Meredith said, "Is he ok? What am I facing? It's the worst call you can get as an officer's wife."
Officers responded to a house on Planter Street after it was intentionally set on fire.
Captain Dunaway said, “I remember hearing the roof, hearing it give way, and thinking to myself, it's time to go.”
Captain Dunaway sustained serious head, back, and neck injuries after this 500 pound roof fell on him while he was trying to fight off the flames.
Chief Eric Miller with Bainbridge Public Safety said, “Anytime a firefighter or a police officer is injured, it's very dramatic, not only for the agency, but also for the community. That's an individual that can no longer perform their duties to protect the public.”
Officers are still searching for 20-year-old Brandi Renee Gaddis.
They believe she started the house fire.
But Captain Dunaway said he's not bitter.
“I'm ready. I'm pretty anxious to get fixed up so I can get back to doing what I do,” he said.
Just last week, Bainbridge Public Safety officers responded to two vacant house fires now being investigated as arsons.
Captain Dunaway said, “It caused a lot of damage to me. I'm sure with the circumstances that the arsonists didn't mean to hurt anybody, but for whatever reason they did it, they did it. And here are the results.”
Anyone with information about Gaddis or last weeks' fires could earn a reward of up to $10,000. Please call 1-800-282-5804 or 229-248-2038 and ask for Investigator Chris Jordan or Major Doyle Welch.