Sacto 9-1-1
January 10, 2012
Volunteer firefighter apprehends Yuba County arson suspect

A volunteer Oregon House fireman was credited with apprehending a man suspected of arson in Yuba County.

Volunteer firefighter Michael Bernardis was driving on Marysville Road, north of Highway 20, just after 6 p.m. Monday when he saw a man who appeared to be starting grass fires in the area, according to a Yuba County Sheriff's Department news release.

Bernardis approached the man, who swung at Bernardis with a cloth bag that contained several full beer cans. The two fought, but Bernardis was able to subdue the man and make a radio call for assistance, officials said.

Yuba County deputies responded along with firefighters from the California Department of Forestry and Fire Protection. Cal Fire personnel put out the fires, and deputies took the suspect into custody. He was identified as Michael Bevard, 49, of Yuba County.

Bevard was arrested on suspicion of several offenses, including arson and assault with a deadly weapon.

Bernardis was not injured.

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