LANDOVER – A 19-year-old Prince George's County probationary volunteer firefighter from the Glenn Dale Volunteer Fire Association was recently arrested by fire investigators from the Prince George’s County Office of the Fire Marshall and members of the Prince George’s County Police Department’s Arson Task Force.
He was allegedly charged with attempted first-degree murder, arson, burglary and other charges after setting three fires in the county.
Investigators arrested Tyree Torney of Landover on Feb. 13, just one day after he set a fire at Suitland High School where teachers and staff members where still inside the school.
"The actions of this individual are the exception to the excellent work performed every day by our department," Prince George's County Fire Chief Ben Barksdale said.
Torney became a probationary member at Glenn Dale on Feb 5., 2017 after transferring from Ritchie Volunteer Fire Department.
"We asked Mr. Torney to step down from his position with our department on December 19, 2017," said Robert Stallings, President of Glenn Dale Volunteer Fire Association. "We are cooperating with Prince George's County Fire Department's investigators regarding this incident. At this point we are in the process of removing Mr. Torney from our Department rolls," he said.
Torney is in custody at the Prince George's County Department of Corrections on a no-bond status.