Man accused of impersonating a volunteer firefighter
A former volunteer firefighter has been arrested and charged with impersonating a public servant.
Chris Anthony Ruiz was arrested Thursday by Bexar County sheriff’s deputies. He is accused of impersonating a volunteer firefighter in July while at the scene of a grass fire off Pleasanton Road on the South Side.
According to a probable cause affidavit, Ruiz was seen July 24 driving south on Pleasanton Road in an unmarked black and white Crown Victoria. The vehicle had flashing red and white lights and was speeding to the scene of a grass fire.
That same day, an official stated in the affidavit that he saw Ruiz at the location on Pleasanton Road and asked if he could assist with putting out the fire with a friend. Ruiz was turned down by authorities on scene, the document states.
According to the affidavit, Ruiz was previously a member of the Ata-Bexar Volunteer Fire Department district in 2016. He was asked to turn in his gear and leave the department on March 29 of that year.
Ruiz has not had any training since February 2016, the document stated. He was released after posting bond.
Impersonating a public servant is a third degree felony in Bexar County. If convicted, Ruiz faces up to 10 years in prison.
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