The Madison County Sheriff's Office has a new weapon in its arsenal for suspicious fires – a certified Fire Investigator.

Deputy Chad Chapman was recently certified by the New York State Office of Fire Prevention and Control.

Undersheriff John Ball said: “This is a unique and very uncommon combination of qualifications – being a Deputy Sheriff, advance certifications as an evidence technician and in evidence management, and now as a fire investigator – a combination of qualifications and experience that will bring an exceptionally high level of investigative quality to any suspicious fire incident.”

Chapman is the Sheriff's Office lead Evidence Technician, as well as a certified accident reconstructionist.

Ball says Deputy Chapman will be available to assist any fire department or law enforcement agency in Madison County.

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