Every time Austin Fire Department Engine 20 rolls toward an emergency call, firefighter Andrzej Micyk straps on a bright yellow helmet to protect himself from heat and falling debris.
Mounted inside the brim, and barely noticeable to anyone else, he also has a tiny, high-definition video camera that captures his every move — from how he interacts with the public to what he does to gain control of an inferno.
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This story is reported in partnership with KVUE-TV. See Tony Plohetski’s video report on this topic Monday on KVUE News Nightbeat at 10 p.m.
Tony Plohetski, a member of the investigative teams of the Austin American-Statesman and KVUE News, has covered law enforcement and criminal justice since 2002. Recently, he obtained confidential details about a high-profile police shooting in July and has written about the outcomes of DWI cases involving blood draws and about Travis County constables serving warrants for towns in other counties.