Off duty Humboldt Sheriff Deputy Joe Marsh Incident - Will this be investigated?

or will the code of silence prevail?  This is the cocky Sheriff Deputy who arrested two copwatchers in May- because he didn't like being watched. 

Off-duty Humboldt County deputy, 10-year-old girl hospitalized after July 4 fireworks accident

Thadeus Greenson/The Times-Standard
Posted: 07/07/2010 01:16:02 AM PDT

A fireworks accident Sunday sent a man and a 10-year-old girl to the hospital with serious hand injuries.

The adult has been identified as Joe Marsh, a Humboldt County Sheriff's deputy. Sheriff's spokeswoman Brenda Godsey confirmed Tuesday that Marsh is employed by the department and said that he was off-duty at the time of the accident.

Arcata Fire Department Battalion Chief Justin McDonald said his department responded to a call at about 9:25 p.m. Sunday reporting a fireworks-related hand injury in the Tip Top Ridge area of Fieldbrook. McDonald said fire department and emergency medical personnel were told that the two injured people were driving to meet them and eventually made contact with them on Murray Road in McKinleyville.

McDonald said the injured man and girl were then placed in an ambulance and transported to Mad River Community Hospital and eventually flown to an out-of-area hospital for treatment.

”The adult's right hand was severely damaged,” McDonald said. “The child's right hand was wrapped in a sweatshirt ... but, from what I heard, (her injury) was pretty severe as well.”

McDonald said it is unknown whether the fireworks involved in the incident were legal. He said the Arcata Fire Department's role in the incident response was simply to help medical personnel, not to investigate.

CalFire spokeswoman Cricket Baird said if there is a follow-up investigation into the incident, her office would have jurisdiction and would be the one to conduct it. However, Baird said she did not know if any such investigation would take place.


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