Man Gets Aggressive with Video Camera Operator and Firefighter at Fire Scene in Elgin [VIDEO]

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Fireground operations showing toddler rescued by firefighter Kevin Hartmann, white/male getting aggressive with the camera operator, and then shoving a firefighter before police arrived in Elgin.

THU NOV 19 2009 ELGIN — LATE REPORT (FOR VIDEO ARCHIVE) Elgin Fire Department responded to a house fire just after 3:10 p.m. to find a first floor front room well-involved with fire. Elgin firefighters discovered that a toddler was still inside, so Kevin Hartmann rushed his primary search and found a 2-year old inside a room filling with smoke.

After the rescue, James R. Beavers, the todder’s father, berated a video camera operator — crossing across the front yard, exclaiming, “Can we help you … Can WE help you?” Beavers then walked back toward the house and shoved a firefighter and interfered with firefighter operations.

When police arrived, James R. Beavers was arrested and charged with two counts of arson, two counts of aggravated arson, aggravated resisting a police officer, and two counts of obstructing a firefighter. is an Amazon Associate website, which means that a small percentage of your purchases gets paid to at no extra cost to you. When you use the search boxes above, any Amazon banner ad, or any product associated with an Amazon banner on this website, you help pay expenses related to maintaining and creating new services and ideas for a resourceful website. See more info at