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Man charged with pretending to be a paramedic

on December 13, 2013 10:25 AM

MIDDLETOWN (AP) — A central Pennsylvania man is facing criminal charges after police said he impersonated a paramedic and told a man suffering a medical emergency that he didn’t need to go to the hospital.

Zachary Charles Helsel, 22, of Middletown, is charged with misdemeanor counts of impersonating a public servant and reckless endangerment.

Swatara Township police said earlier this month that Helsel falsely claimed to be a paramedic to a co-worker who was having a medical emergency.

Investigators said Helsel told the co-worker he was suffering from deep vein thrombosis and didn’t need to seek treatment. Police said the co-worker’s condition continued to worsen and he had to be transported to a hospital by ambulance.

Helsel’s preliminary hearing is scheduled for Jan. 22 in Dauphin County Court.

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