Officials Investigate After Firefighter Impersonation Reports

BELL COUNTY (September 10, 2013) - Police are investigating a major impersonating case after a man was seen going around Harker Heights claiming to be a fire department chief.

The suspect claimed to be employed with the Central Bell County Fire Department.

"Apparently there's an individual or multiple individuals in the Harker heights area stating that they are fire fighters," said Jason Worsdale, fire chief of Central Bell County Fire and Rescue.

Worsdale said the call reporting the impersonation came into his station Monday morning.

He said the details were alarming.

"The story went to state that i was killed in a structure fire and now he's been placed in my position," he said.

Harker Heights resident Joshua Curley was spending his day off from work on Sunday with his son when he had a close encounter with the fake chief.

"It kind of scares me that someone's impersonating a service member," Curley said.

"They're here to help us and here to save our lives, and if you don't have the proper training and you're doing that then that could hurt someone."

Officials said the man is described as being a light skinned - possibly black or hispanic male, 5'10" to 6' tall with a thin build.

He could possibly be wearing a Central Bell County Fire Department T-shirt and a radio.

"It's very serious," Worsdale said.

"All of my members have badges and department identification. Anybody that comes to you stating they are with a certain entity especially public safety, ask for ID."

But just why would someone impersonate a public official?

"We've had people do it for monetary gain or just for the thrill of doing it," said Harker Heights Police Department spokesman Sgt. Roosevelt Wilson Jr.

"Always keep your own safety in mind."

Authorities do remind the community that anyone impersonating a public servant could face maximum jail time of up to 10 years and a $10,000 fine.

Heights PD is working with fire officials to investigate the case.

Anyone with information is asked to call police or the CBCFR station at (254) 698-6891


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