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Father of Serial Arsonist Awarded $25,000 for Turning Him in

August 6, 1993 GMT

SEATTLE (AP) _ A man was awarded $25,000 Friday for turning in his son for setting fires that destroyed millions of dollars in property. The father immediately turned over the check to a church that was burned to the ground.

″There’s been so much pain associated with this, that it is an absolute delight to be here this morning and share this with you,″ George Keller said at a news conference to the Rev. Rick Rouse of Trinity Lutheran Church in Lynnwood.

The Washington Insurance Council awarded a total of $46,000 to Keller and several other people credited with helping an arson task force catch the man responsible for scores of fires mostly at homes and businesses in the Seattle- Everett area.

Keller told the task force in January he believed that his son, Paul Kenneth Keller, was responsible. The younger Keller, arrested eight days later, pleaded guilty to setting 32 fires and admitted setting 44 more. He was sentenced in May to 75 years in prison.

No one was injured in the fires.

The elder Keller said he hoped his award money would be used for a church program that counsels victims of arson and other crises, but that there were no restrictions on the gift.