LOS ANGELES (CBS) — A Los Angeles County Sheriff’s reserve deputy is being honored for arresting the man suspected of starting dozens of fires over the holidays.

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The Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors Tuesday honored deputy Shervin Lalezary, who arrested 24-year-old Harry Burkhart last week.

Lalezary was on his normal patrol in the area of Sunset Boulevard and Fairfax Avenue on Jan. 2 when he spotted Burkhart.

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“Thank you to the two officers who backed me up,” Lalezary said at a news conference last week. “As soon as I put on my lights and initiated a traffic stop of the suspect vehicle, I had an LAPD vehicle behind me ready to go.”

Lalezary’s sharp eye and quick response led to Burkhart’s capture, as well as the end of a string of arson attacks.

Burkhart is charged with 37 counts of arson in connection with more than 50 fires set across Los Angeles and Hollywood.

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Authorities in Canada are investigating whether he is responsible for a series of arson fires there.