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UPDATE: Steelton, PA Fire Department bounces Emilio Hall, firefighter who claimed he was FDNY member trapped on 9-11. Hall is currently in jail.

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Emilio Hall is no longer a member of Pennsylvania's Steelton Fire Department. Steelton Mayor Tom Acri confirmed Hall was voted out of the department in a letter to the Press and Journal. Debra Schell is the reporter who interviewed Hall last June when he made the claim that he was a former FDNY firefighter who was trapped in the rubble of the World Trade Center on September 11, 2001.

Schell revisited that story on December 28 after being contacted in November by a former girlfriend of Hall's who said his claim is bogus. Schell confirmed with FDNY that no one by the name of Emilio Hall had been a member of the department. Hall stood by his story for the December 28 article, but according to Schell's latest report, Hall can't currently be reached because he is in Dauphin County Prison on a criminal contempt charge (no details provided in the report).

Mayor Acri and Steelton Fire Chief Eugene Vance received a lot of criticism within the fire service for comments made to reporter Schell for the December article. Chief Vance, who according to Schell retired as planned at the end of 2011, was quoted as saying, “It has no bearing on this department.” Mayor Acri described Hall at the time as dedicated to the company and said, “If he is a story-teller, there is nothing we can do about that."

Mayor Acri has portrayed things somewhat differently for the latest article:

Mayor Acri said he, the Steelton community, including the Steelton Volunteer Fire Department and former Fire Chief Eugene Vance, “were sincerely shocked and appalled by these accusations and hold Mr. Hall’s actions with great gravity and sadness.”

Acri was clarifying to comments he and Vance made in support of Hall in December.  Those comments brought criticism from many in the firefighting community.

“We [Acri and Vance] were both certainly caught off guard by the accusations but do not find this matter trivial and have worked swiftly and decisively to address it,” Acri said.

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  • Fire21

    Being a firefighter requires morals, truthfulness and honesty.

    • mdff

      No being a human being requires those things

  • AnonymousNovaEngineDriver

    That's great news, don't let the door hit you on the way out!  

  • Sharppointy1

    Ditto what Fire21 says. I am very happy to read this news.

  • Brickcity1306

    Ah yet another “I was there” jackass, 9/11 was a terrible day, a day that changed lives forever. To say you were one of the few that survived the horrific attack in my book makes you the lowest of low. And I agree with Fire21 morals, truthfulness and honesty with some real good ball busting is a must.

  • Just sayin

    In jail … well good riddance scumbag … since you need a new cover story instead of pretending to be a 9/11 survivor try telling the other convict scumbags something they can relate to … this time try pretending to be one of the convict scum that escaped from Alcatraz in ’62

  • Scooter

    Chief Vance, who according to Schell retired as planned at the end of 2011, was quoted as saying, “It has no bearing on this department.” Mayor Acri described Hall at the time as dedicated to the company and said, “If he is a story-teller, there is nothing we can do about that."  What do you mean you can't do anything about that?  Falls under morals, values, and moral turpitude for the department to get rid of the stuipid scum bucket.  Come on man grow some balls and Strike Da Box! 

  • mark

    Jail is too good for this scumbag.

  • RJ (in florida)

    wow-what a suprise, gone from trapped in manhattan to trapped in PA

  • ukfbbuff

    Ooops! Guess he thought No one would seriously check out his story.
    In 2011/12 its just a matter of Who know Who in one FD to the Next and then What do you know; He was never on the FDNY Payroll.
     Stupid is as stupid does.
    Another room mate for Jerry Engle.
     
     

  • rizz

    He goes by the nickname "Hookman"!

  • JP BFD

    It’s easy to check on someone’s back ground as a paid firefighter! member IAFF ID 0412647 local282 bfd retired.

  • JP BFD

    This is some crazy BS faking and telling lie’s like this Wow!

  • JP BFD

    When I see him I’m going tell him to stop playing these game’s it’s time to grow up!