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STOWE, Vt. (AP) - A former volunteer firefighter is facing
charges that he made a series of false 911 calls so he could watch
fire engines race toward fabricated emergencies.
Donald Griggs, 19, has pleaded not guilty to charges of false
public alarms and false reports to law-enforcement officials. He
was released on conditions following his arraignment last week in
Vermont District Court in Barre, said Evelyn Bailey, executive
director of the Vermont Enhanced 911 Board.
"It puts everybody in jeopardy," said Lamoille County Sheriff
Roger Marcoux, who helped investigate the calls. "We're pretty
busy as it is. To chase around false calls makes things even
tighter."
Court documents say Griggs used a cell phone he found in a
Morrisville parking lot to call the emergency phone number about 15
times between Nov. 21 and Dec. 8. The phone was not associated with
a wireless-service provider, so the only number it could call was
911, Bailey said.
Typically when dispatchers receive emergency calls, identifying
information such as a phone number and name are displayed on their
computer screens. When cell phones have no service provider, the
only information dispatchers see is a serial number for the phone,
Bailey said. That makes prank callers such as Griggs hard to track,
she said.
Griggs' calls included one in which he reported a three-car
crash in Johnson that left people trapped and vehicles on fire; and
a report that a dairy farm in Stowe was engulfed in flames,
according to court papers. At least twice Griggs hid and watched
the emergency response his calls generated, according to court
papers.
Police were able to track Griggs because they recognized his
voice, Marcoux said.
The documents say Griggs told police he made the calls because
"he is infatuated with fire trucks" and had felt like "a big
dog" while responding to emergencies with the North Hyde Park Fire
Department.
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Information from: The Burlington Free Press,
http://www.burlingtonfreepress.com

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Jeepin, this guy is just the surface of it.........firefighter arson and stuff like it are a huge plauge on us. :evil:
 

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Dude what's up with that..every branch of public safety has it's share of Yahoo's buff's whackers etc..but least in my experience it seems that some of the one's involved in the fire service are really a different breed
 

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Re: Volunteer firefighter gets "jollies" calling f

"Sparky's" and "Wannabe's" are all over the place. What about the guys who drive around with scanners in their cars and respond to thepolice & fire calls? Being a police/fire "buff" is one thing but calling in false alarms is a little much.....get a life!!!
 
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