Meet the foreign-born reservist helping to keep Californians safe out of the goodness of his heart.
Shervin Lalezary is a 30-year-old real estate attorney from Tehran, Iran, who owns his own practice in Beverly Hills. By night, Lalezary is a volunteer sheriff's deputy who earns $1 per year. Working three hours after his shift was over to help support his colleagues, Lalezary was the person who pulled over Harry Burkhart, the German citizen who's now being charged with at least some of the arsons.
Lalezary was on only his third shift by himself when he apprehended Burkhart, and he said in a press conference that making the collar was "a lot more exciting than my day job." Perhaps too exciting: After speaking to the press last evening, Lalezary says he won't be doing any more interviews, directing all questions to the sheriff's department.
"He believes in the community service aspects of the reserve deputy," department spokesperson Steve Whitmore said in a press conference. "This is part of the job for him and he doesn't want to talk about himself because he believes he's part and parcel of a larger effort."