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Officer and his family outraged over plea deal sentence

Captain Shannon Dunaway said his life was forever changed in August of 2014. (Source:WALB) Captain Shannon Dunaway said his life was forever changed in August of 2014. (Source:WALB)
"As a woman and as a mother, the moment she made a decision that impulsive, not only did she hurt my husband but she degraded herself." said Meredith Dunaway. (Source:WALB) "As a woman and as a mother, the moment she made a decision that impulsive, not only did she hurt my husband but she degraded herself." said Meredith Dunaway. (Source:WALB)
Dunaway was a first responder to a fire on Martin Luther King. He was standing on the porch when the roof collapsed on top of him. (Source:WALB) Dunaway was a first responder to a fire on Martin Luther King. He was standing on the porch when the roof collapsed on top of him. (Source:WALB)
Brandi Gaddis was sentenced to 10 years probation for a fire a she admitted to intentionally setting. (Source:Broward County Sheriff's Office) Brandi Gaddis was sentenced to 10 years probation for a fire a she admitted to intentionally setting. (Source:Broward County Sheriff's Office)
BAINBRIDGE, GA (WALB) -

A Bainbridge public safety officer and his family are outraged.

Brandi Gaddis was sentenced to 10 years probation for a fire a she admitted to intentionally setting.

That fire injured Shannon Dunaway.

"Her consequences hurt me, I was just doing my job," said Dunaway.

Captain Shannon Dunaway said his life was forever changed in August of 2014.

What Dunaway said started as a routine fire call, resulted in an injury that would end his career.

"When that cold water hit that fire, it just made it crumble," said Dunaway.

Dunaway was a first responder to a fire on Martin Luther King. He was standing on the porch when the roof collapsed on top of him.

"When it hit me, it hit the back of my helmet." said Dunaway as he describes the accident.

Brandi Gaddis admitted to setting the fire that day. She spent the last year and a half in jail but as of Tuesday she is now free. 

"I'm not free you know what time she's out running around getting to do what she wants to do, I have to serve her time," said Dunaway.

Two years later, he is still suffering from those injuries. He says he will never be able to return to the job he loved. 

His injuries included brain damage, loss of eye sight and  a crushed elbow. Every vertebra in his back is either bulged or herniated, and Dunaway says he now suffers from PTSD.

"What she's done has cost me my career, this is all I've ever done," said Dunaway.

His wife Meredith had one final message for Gaddis.

"As a woman and as a mother, the moment she made a decision that impulsive, not only did she hurt my husband but she degraded herself." said Meredith Dunaway.

As part of the plea deal, Gaddis must pay three thousand dollars in restitution to Dunaway.

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