This is a disgrace to the human race. It goes against all normal morals. How low can you go is what I think when I read this nonsense. I have known quite a few firefighters but never any who would act like this.
There are many ways the monetary problem could have been handled. The homeowner could have been billed after the emergency. Maybe he could have performed a community service. Maybe he could have volunteered with the fire department. Instead he was held hostage by members of his own community. For a lousy seventy-five dollars!