April 28, 2003 at 11:51 PM CDT - Updated June 20 at 1:37 PM
Firefighters say heroic efforts by people who are not trained firefighter can do more harm than good. Chief Alvin Benson of the Memphis Fire Department watched video of the Texas man who rescued four children from a burning apartment. Benson says that's against the law in Memphis and it's something the fire department doesn't take lightly. Chief Benson says don't go and put yourself at risk , you also putting other people at risk , you're putting the fire department at risk. We just don't encourage you to do that." You can be put in jail and charged with a misdemeanor for obstructing firefighters.