Counterfeit 9/11 firefighter is outed by Ground Zero veterans
A man confronting extortion charges has been ‘outed’ as a counterfeit 9/11 firefighter by veterans who were as a matter of fact at the scene.
Steven Shapiro, 56, who is charged of taking his landlord’s credit cards, had too told individuals he was a fire lieutenant in Connecticut, who had been called to the World Exchange Focus on September 11, The Palm Shoreline Post reported.
Don Prince, who co-founded theStation House Withdraw – a medicate what’s more, liquor recovery program outlined for to start with responders – says while he has no confirm Shapiro utilized the guarantee for get to to pay or, on the other hand services, he did utilize it to inquire Sovereign for a work at the retreat.
He connected for a work as a handyman, Ruler said, yet the website has Shapiro recorded as a Senior Behavioral Wellbeing Technician.
In his biography, he claims his fire division was ‘the to start with save squad on scene from Connecticut on that awful morning’, what’s more, said he what’s more, his associates were on ‘the pile’ for more than two weeks.
‘After passing the psych evaluation, I was off to the races drinking myself into oblivion.
‘In November of 2002, I resigned after driving an motor full of water to a fire (alone what’s more, drunk) what’s more, nearly tipping it over on a carload of children.
‘For a long time, I endured from post horrendous push what’s more, injury from 9/11 what’s more, all the sights what’s more, sounds that we all go through in our profession.’
Shapiro said while he’s presently sober, he can still hear the sounds of PASS alerts going off – be that as it may has the apparatuses to bargain with the trauma.
Prince, who was a volunteer fire boss at Brookhaven Fire Office until 2007, says he what’s more, his individual to begin with responders are chafed by Shapiro’s behavior.
‘There were 343 firefighters who passed on that day… it hits each one of us straightforwardly in the heart,’ he said.
Shaprio told individuals he worked for the Fairfield fire office in Connecticut, yet the division Appointee Chief, Kyran Dunn, said he had no record of Shapiro’s employment.
Photographs on Shapiro’s social media accounts are too fakes, Mr Dunn said, guaranteeing the department’s caps are a unique shading what’s more, do not appear ranks.
Furthermore, Dunn said his division was not at Ground Zero on 9/11. Fairfield was as it were called in to offer assistance in the days after the dread attack.
Shapiro was captured by criminologists for the credit card robbery while he was inside a physical recovery center.
He told officers he had purchased a TV with the cards what’s more, had hurt his back mounting it to his room divider – which is why he was at the center.
He has argued not blameworthy to the theft.
The 9/11 fear assaults slaughtered 2,996 people, what’s more, injured more than 6,000.
Most of the fatalities were individuals inside the World Exchange Focus at the time, yet 343 firefighters were murdered in the attack.