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Kyle Norden resigned two-years-ago from Michigan’s Hartford Fire Department but apparently believed he was an honorary member who was allowed to take apparatus from the station and respond to calls. The Van Buren County prosecutor has filed charges but Hartford’s mayor for some reason believes Norden’s intentions were good.
A former Hartford firefighter faces two felony charges for allegedly taking a fire truck and gear from the city fire station July 28 and going to a fire scene.
The Van Buren County Prosecutor’s Office this week issued felony arrest warrants for Kyle Norden of Hartford for impersonating a firefighter and joyriding, Assistant Prosecutor Jay Blair said Thursday.
Mayor Ted Johnson said he was told Norden came to the fire station and took firefighter gear, put it on, and then drove a fire truck to the scene of a fire. Johnson said Norden is a former firefighter for the department.
According to court documents, the man says he thought he was an honorary firefighter, but officials aren’t happy with what happened, and he’s now facing serious charges.
“I think it was all in good intent, but unfortunately, it was a bad choice,” he (Hartford Mayor Ted Johnson) said of the incident.
Court documents say he showed up, truck and all, to two fire calls in the Hartford area, ready to fight fires.
“The department has to be open to a lot of people because of mutual aid,” Johnson said. “They have to have access to everything. You can’t lock it down.”
It took several weeks for some city officials to learn about the incident.