A former Syracuse fire lieutenant who pleaded guilty to a reckless burning charge was given a 90-day suspended jail term and fined $500 Friday in Clearfield 2nd Circuit Court.
Thomas W. Pyles, 3480 W. 2000 South, a five-year veteran of the fire department, was charged with arson Sept. 25 in connection with a series of grass and field fires in the Syracuse area over the past 18 months.Judge Alfred Van Wagenen gave Pyles 90 days in jail and then suspended the jail time on condition that he pay the $500 fine, plus a $125 assessment, and placed him on informal probation for a year.
The City Council Tuesday voted to dismiss Pyles from his job in the department, following a recommendation by the city firefighter's board.
The string of suspicious fires began in the spring of 1988 and continued through this past summer, according to DCSO Det. Glenn Parker, who conducted the investigation. The fires were generally started in fields along well-traveled roads and did little damage, except to a few sheds, detectives said.