January 3rd, 2012
04:09 AM ET

Part-time deputy who nabs arson suspect hailed a hero

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."

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  1. Joey Isotta-Fraschini ©™

    There are some good people who still do their jobs.
    Thank you, Mr. Lalezary.

    January 3, 2012 at 7:31 am | Report abuse |
  2. rooney

    "I'll give him a raise of another dollar a year," Los Angeles County Sheriff Lee Baca joked...

    January 3, 2012 at 8:38 am | Report abuse |
    • bubba

      Yeah, double his salary...lol

      Good thing he was in uniform or he may have been killed by friendly fire. By the police.

      January 3, 2012 at 5:56 pm | Report abuse |
  3. banasy©

    There are *many* good people who do their jobs.
    This fine man is one of them.

    This is an example of someone who does something for the greater good, and doesn't expect recompense.

    Well done, sir!

    January 3, 2012 at 12:26 pm | Report abuse |
  4. Kia

    Where can I find the Interview that was aired? - The Post Arrest Conference?

    January 3, 2012 at 2:54 pm | Report abuse |
  5. Tybalt

    Yeah, bubba, because by all indications, that's exactly what would have happened....moron.

    January 3, 2012 at 7:18 pm | Report abuse |