A 21-year-old man is being held at the Irving city jail after allegedly posing as a Denton firefighter over the weekend.
John Argumaniz, public information officer for Irving police, said officers were called to Las Colinas Medical Center at 4:16 p.m. Sunday after a man wearing Denton Fire Department clothing was brought into the emergency room for medical attention.
The man allegedly told a nurse he was a Denton firefighter named Hunter Hudson, according to a police report.
Argumaniz said shortly after officers arrived, they were able to determine the man was not with the Denton Fire Department.
Trrance King was charged with impersonating a public servant, failure to identify and theft. He allegedly took clothing items from the Denton Fire Department and had a hand-held radio in his possession that is the property of Medical City Dallas Hospital, officials said.
“He also had six warrants out from agencies across North Texas ranging from traffic to theft charges,” Argumaniz said.
Irving officials said the investigation is ongoing. King was arrested earlier this year in Plano for impersonating a Dallas firefighter, police said.
Denton Battalion Chief Brian Glenn said King contacted him weeks ago — using the name Jayden Smith — to go out on a ride-along with the department.
“We had about three or four phone calls and e-mails back and forth, and nothing seemed suspicious about it,” Glenn said.
King went on a ride-along with Denton Fire Station 3 late last week as an observer, officials said.
Glenn said he was told “Smith” was a paramedic transfer between HCA hospitals in Dallas County.
He said medical students occasionally ride out and provide basic medical assistance, but observers do not.
“Even though he claimed to be a paramedic, we have a policy of when you are an observer, you observe only, and I am glad my guys followed through,” Glenn said.
“Smith” came back to Denton Fire Station 3 the next day asking to ride again, and that’s when he allegedly took some clothing, officials said. Reports filed Monday with Denton police show a Denton Fire Department T-shirt valued at $20 and a paramedic fleece pullover valued at $40 were reported as missing. King was allegedly wearing the items when he was arrested Sunday, officials said.
Glenn said “Smith” was banned from the station because officials weren’t able to verify any of his story.
The incident, Glenn said, has caused him to look into policy changes with future ride-alongs, including requiring possible background checks.