Two firefighter impersonation arrests didn’t prevent Cal Fire from hiring real fire captain’s son

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Adam Ashton, The Sacramento Bee:

Brandon Visyak used a stolen state firefighter badge in a ploy to rob a woman the first time he got caught impersonating a public safety officer.

Two years later, he again claimed to be a Cal Fire firefighter while he tried to get out of a traffic arrest.

Both incidents led to criminal convictions on charges that he illegally impersonated a California public safety officer.

Neither prevented Cal Fire from offering him a job as an entry-level seasonal firefighter last summer.

Visyak, 29, the son of a state fire captain, was sentenced last month for his second impersonation offense, and Cal Fire spokeswoman Janet Upton said Visyak has not been offered work this year.

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