MIAMI COUNTY — A Troy man remains incarcerated at the Miami County Jail after Troy Police Department arrested him for allegedly tampering with records and forgery in connection with impersonating a volunteer fire fighter.
Jeremy Aldrich, 25, was arraigned on third degree felony tampering with records and two counts of fifth degree forgery as well as first degree misdemeanor qualifications for fire official and unauthorized practice in Miami County Municipal Court on Nov. 27. His bond was set for $30,000 for the felony charges. A pre-trial was scheduled for Dec. 5.
Aldrich was arrested outside his place of employment, Panera Bread in Troy, on Nov. 22. When he was being questioned, he told officers he was a fire fighter and showed officers a gold colored badge and an official looking ID card that identified him as a Captain with Springfield Twp. Officers told him they knew he was not affiliated with any official organization and placed him into custody.
During a search of Aldrich’s vehicle, officers located a Level II firefighter certificate and an EMT Intermediate certificate. Both documents were found to be fraudulent according to state databases. Aldrich also had a fire fighter coat, a siren box and a tablet computer mounted in the vehicle. Other items seized included a window punch and seat belt cutter, a scanner, medical shears, handcuff case, vehicle lock out kit, lights and siren control and a BB gun. Aldrich admitted to officers he forged a document to the BMV to obtain volunteer fire plates. He claimed he created the ID card himself and the badge was an old one that was issued by Springfield Twp.
Aldrich also allegedly told officers he performs roadside assistance and “it puts people at ease when they see he is a fire fighter.” Aldrich also reportedly told officers he assisted at a fire in a field and used a shovel to put the fire out at a property on State Route 202 outside of Troy. He denied he set the fire himself.
The investigation began after a report of a vehicle driving recklessly at the scene of a traffic crash on Oct. 30. Aldrich was driving a white Ford Crown Victoria with a light bar and siren attached to his vehicle. He claimed to be a Springfield Twp. fire fighter in Clark County and had several reports of showing up on medic calls in Troy. A records check with Springfield Township human resources listed Aldrich as a cadet when he was 14 and was released when turned 18. The Fire Chief stated they had not issued badges in 13 years and the station number is from another department and it was likely fake.
Department officials also checked state EMS certifications and Aldrich was not listed on any official roster. Aldrich had also been charged with falsification in 2016 when he was driving in an area with red lights activated on his car and claimed to be a Casstown Fire Fighter.