Firefighter Paramedic Resigns After Arrest For Kidnapping Student At JCC Fire Academy

A firefighter and paramedic with Dunn Emergency Services resigned after being accused of kidnapping a co-worker who allegedly may have had lewd pictures of his daughter.

Dunn Emergency Services Capt. Gary Whitman said Jonathan Lewis Crawford, 35, of Erwin, left the department amidst allegations he kidnapped a 19-year-old Johnston Community College Fire Academy student on Aug. 28. The Smithfield Police Department charged Crawford with second-degree kidnapping.

“I’m not at liberty to discuss personnel matters,” Whitman said. “[Crawford] was employed with us but he’s not anymore. He resigned last week. He had been here for an extended period of time. He was a good paramedic and I have no complaints about his job performance.”

According to a Smithfield Police press release, Crawford went to Johnston Community College and confronted the teen at the Fire Academy over inappropriate pictures of Crawford’s daughter. Officers arrived and found the two had already left the campus in Crawford’s vehicle. The release states that Crawford lured the student, who also worked at Dunn Emergency Services, into the vehicle before producing a handgun. Crawford allegedly threatened to shoot the co-worker if he refused to go with him to the Dunn Police Department.

Crawford released the man once they arrived at the police department. He turned himself into the Harnett County Sheriff’s Office on Sept. 3.

“[Crawford] just turned himself in here,” said Harnett County Major Aaron Meredith. “All we did was serve the warrant from Smithfield PD.”

The sheriff’s office is investigating the allegations of lewd photographs.

A GoFundMe page has been established to help cover any legal fees Crawford may incur from the kidnapping charge.

– The Daily Record