- Associated Press - Friday, July 25, 2014

PHILADELPHIA (AP) - A Philadelphia police officer who was once accused of assaulting a woman, fired and later reinstated was hailed for alerting residents to a suspected south Philadelphia arson Friday.

The blaze was reported shortly after 6 a.m., and police said a male was seen throwing something inside a first-floor window of the home beforehand.

Police Lt. Jonathan Josey reported the fire, kicked in the door and alerted the residents, and he and another officer then brought in a male in for questioning, fire department Capt. Lou Campione said.

Campione called it an outstanding response that likely prevented injuries or deaths. Police said two adults and a child were taken to a hospital for minor smoke inhalation but were expected to be treated and released.

A veteran supervisor, Josey was fired after a 2012 encounter at a north Philadelphia street party on the day of the Puerto Rican Day parade. Video showed a woman, Aida Guzman, being struck in the face and falling to the ground, her face bloodied, before being led away in handcuffs.

Josey was acquitted by a municipal judge of simple assault after testifying that he thought Guzman had thrown beer on him and he had told her to put down the bottle, then swung in an attempt to knock it from her hand. Guzman has said she didn’t throw any liquid but did shoot aerosol string into the crowd.

Josey was later reinstated at the same rank following an arbitrator’s decision.

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