NorCal Police Pursuing Charges Against Wildfire Cleanup Worker After Offensive Photos Emerge

December 17, 2018 - 11:20 am

Paradise, Calif. (CBS News) — Police in Northern California say they'll pursue criminal charges against a wildfire cleanup worker who posted photos of himself posing at destroyed properties. Officials in the devastated town of Paradise said Saturday that the photos and accompanying captions by Rob Freestone are "unacceptable and reprehensible."

One shows a grinning Freestone with a flower pot on his head in front of a charred home. Another shows him jumping on a burned-out trampoline with the caption: "Trampolines are stupid ... it used to be called a Jumpoline until your mom got on it."

Rob Freestone -- FACEBOOK

One photo shows two people sitting in the remains of a burned motorhome with the caption: "They're off on a fun filled vacation to unknown destinations in their new RV."

Another photo shows a dead cat with a beer bottle placed up to its mouth with this caption: "Dude... I was just chilling with my homies, having a couple of cold ones, and BAM... damn fire breaks out." (Warning: graphic photo).

Freestone and two other workers involved in the incidents last month have been fired from Bigge Crane and Rigging. The company called their behavior an "egregious insult."

Freestone couldn't be reached for comment.

A police spokesman says investigators will determine whether any crimes were committed.