Michael Copenhaver says he's been a firefighter since 1992. Starting in 1996 until recently, he's been the fire chief at the Lake Jackson Volunteer Fire Department in Tallahassee.
In the past few days, he's been suspended from his post.
SGT Chris Chase of the Leon County Sherrif's Office says, "The Tallahassee Fire Department received information that Michael Copenhaver, the chief of the Lake Jackson Volunteer Fire Department, possibly falsified information and was not actually an EMT, so they did their own administrative investigation and determined there were some falsified documentation."
Chief Quillin of the Tallahassee Fire Department adds, "The documentation he submitted said he was an EMT and had Firefighter I and Firefighter II training. We know he doesn't. He's been suspended from calls."
Copenhaver said during a phone interview, "I've done a lot of good from this community. This investigation is going to prove that I'm innocent. I've taken classes with other people who are part of the Tallahassee Fire Department. These allegations are going to ruin my career and not an ounce of this is true."
Copenhaver has received many different accolades including being named the Leon County and the State of Florida Firefighter of the Year, but now he says he's facing false charges.
Chris Chase says, "They've charged him with four counts of forgery, four counts of uttering a forged instrument, impersonating a firefighter and impersonating an EMT."
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