A Bibb County deputy was sent for treatment at the Still Burn Center in Augusta today after being injured in a fire set Sunday morning in an inmate transportation van.
Deputy Scott Rickert was transporting 39-year-old Willie Lamar Porter for a medical evaluation at an Augusta hospital when Porter allegedly set fire to a seat in the back of the van, said Chief Deputy Russell Nelson. Rickert injured his hands trying to extinguish the small fire discovered on Shurling Drive at about 9:20 a.m., Nelson said.
"They did some skin grafts and bandaged his hand and he'll be back," Nelson said.
Rickert was treated and released Sunday from The Medical Center of Central Georgia, but needed to receive further treatment in Augusta due to the nature of the injuries.
Nelson said Rickert patted the small fire out and was burned by hot plastic.
Acting public information officer Lt. George Meadows said Porter was charged with arson and making terroristic threats following the incident.
"He somehow got hold of a lighter and lit the seat on fire," Meadows said.
Porter, of Lamar Street in Macon, was booked into the Bibb County Law Enforcement Center shortly after 4 p.m. Sunday, according to jail records.