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Firefighter imposter says he did it because he's homeless

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He zeroed in on fire stations because he lived near one as a kid and the fire fighters there had befriended him.

Dallas police arrested Terrance King, 21, after they say he stole a firefighter's navy blue uniform after going out on call with them as an observer.

In a jailhouse interview, King confessed everything to FOX4.

"I told them I was Terrance King and I told them I want to do a couple of runs with y'all because I'm interested in it as a career field. And they said OK we need you to sign this waiver. And a couple of times they contacted their 780 and the 780 cleared it, but never did they ask for ID or anything like that," admitted King.

He said he's been homeless for eight months and the fire stations provided a safe place to stay with food to eat. He told a story of a broken childhood and hard knocks. He said his mom died in 2005. CPS confirms he was in and out of foster care for the next four years. He said he never finished high school and struggles finding work. He zeroed in on fire stations because he lived near one as a kid and the fire fighters there had befriended him.

"I hope to start over but I'm going to need help. I don't know how to get it," King said.

King has been charged for stealing the firefighter uniform. He could face a charge for impersonating a public servant. Dallas Fire-Rescue said its reviewing its ride along policy after the incident. It allows student EMT's and some others to go on calls but only as an observer.

"He's pretty smooth with his words. And he found a way to get into the station, to gain the confidence of the members there. But also while he was there he took not only items, but he also took the security of Dallas Fire-Rescue," said Lt. Joel Lavender with Dallas Fire-Rescue.

 

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