One rescued, two arrested

Firefighters fight more than blaze at home

by Wes Mayer


Photo by Jeffrey Leo

Coweta County Fire Department and Sheriff’s Office officials gather outside the home at 18 Rollingwood Trail in northeast Coweta, where a man was rescued early Friday. He was in the Grady Hospital burn unit late Friday. 

A man and woman were transported to the hospital for treatment after a fire engulfed their northeast Coweta home early Friday — the same woman is also being charged along with another man for obstructing and hindering firefighters on the scene, according to authorities.

Around 12:08 a.m. Friday, Coweta County Fire Department crews from stations 3, 7 and 12 were dispatched to the home on 18 Rollingwood Trail off Fischer Road in reference to a single-family structure fire with a person possibly trapped inside, said Deputy Fire Chief Todd Moore. Moore and Assistant Fire Chief Mitch Coggin arrived on the scene, and Captain Brian Fuller served as incident commander.

Crews arrived to find the 1,200-to 1,400-square-foot home in heavy fire conditions, Moore said. One crew was deployed to suppress the fire while another crew entered the home through a bedroom window to rescue the unconscious male inside, identified as John Gotner. According to Moore, fire personnel immediately began to perform resuscitation efforts on Gotner until Coweta Emergency Medical Service units arrived.

While firefighters were resuscitating Gotner, Karl Becker, 29, jumped on one of the firefighters, said Lt. Col. Jimmy Yarbrough with the Coweta County Sheriff’s Office. Coweta County deputies, who were called to the scene to direct traffic, ended up using their electric stun guns on Becker to remove him from the firefighter, and Becker was taken into custody, Yarbrough said.

After this, another woman on scene, Jacuelin Supinski, 31, who actually lived at the residence with her three children, began to throw gravel and rocks at the firefighters, Yarbrough said, striking the firefighters in their helmets. Deputies also detained Supinski and took her into custody, but they did not need to use their stun guns, Yarbrough said.

Emergency personnel arrived to transport Gotner to Piedmont Newnan Hospital and continued the efforts to resuscitate Gotner, Moore said. Gotner was later transported to Atlanta by helicopter, and Friday afternoon was in the burn clinic at Grady Memorial Hospital.

Firefighters continued to fight the fire, Moore said, but the structure sustained heavy damage because the fire was so deep-seated by the time firefighters arrived. The fire is still under investigation by the Georgia Fire Marshal’s Office, the CCFD and the CCSO, Moore said.

Both Becker and Supinski were charged with disorderly conduct and obstruction/hindering a firefighter, Yarbrough said — Becker also faces an additional obstruction charge for climbing on a CCFD vehicle. Investigators are checking to see if drugs were in the home, Yarbrough said.

Supinski was also transported to the hospital to treat smoke inhalation. Her three children were temporarily turned over to a neighbor, Yarbrough said, and were placed in the care of the Department of Family and Children Services on Friday.

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