A 44-year-old man from Knoxville, Md. is facing three years in prison for posing as a firefighter.
On Nov. 26, Kevin Kraft pleaded guilty in Montgomery County Circuit Court for impersonating a firefighter.
“We’ve arrested him on several occasions in the 90s for arson, impersonating a fire marshal and false report of a bomb,” said Mike Redding of the Montgomery County Fire Marshal’s Office. “He was quite a frequent flyer for our office for some time.”
Court records show officials charged Kraft in September for using flashing lights on an unauthorized vehicle, negligent driving and failing to stop at red light.
In April 2014 police officers stopped Kraft when they saw him in his private vehicle, adorned with flashing lights, running a red light. When officers stopped Kraft, he told them he was with EMS and responding to a two-alarm fire in Rockville.
Officers contacted the county fire department and, after hearing Kraft was not with EMS, arrested him.
“This is an individual that has a checkered past when it comes to fire,” said Ramon Korionoff of the county’s State’s Attorney’s Office. “It’s important that the community realizes they can rest assured that first responders are the real deal.”
Kraft will be sentenced in January.