A reserve sheriff's deputy who draws a paltry salary of $1 a year is being hailed a hero for bringing to an end what authorities are calling one of the worst arson sprees in Los Angeles history.
Shervin Lalezary, an Iranian-born lawyer who moonlights as a deputy, was among hundreds of law enforcement officers who spent the last four days looking for the person accused of setting a rash of car and building fires across the city.
Early Monday, Lalezary pulled over a van in Hollywood driven by a man who resembled a person seen in a surveillance video near the scene of one fire.
With the help of back up officers, he then arrested the driver, Harry Burkhart.
"I'll give him a raise of another dollar a year," Los Angeles County Sheriff Lee Baca joked Monday evening.
"This is one of the most significant arrests anyone can make - regular or reserve - in the history of law enforcement, " Baca added. "And this will follow him for the rest of his life."FULL STORY