I peronally know this guy , and he is the last person i would ever geuss to do something this dumb..
Cleveland firefighter faces felony charges; accused of stealing exam
Posted by Mark Puente/Plain Dealer Reporter April 16, 2009 05:35AM
Categories: Crime, Real Time News
• Cleveland firefighters called to testify to grand jury about stolen test
A veteran Cleveland firefighter faces three felony charges after being accused Wednesday of stealing an exam and distributing it to his comrades.
Lt. Paul Legeza, 49, sat for the "Paramedic Functioning Test" in October 2007.
Prosecutors accuse Legeza of photographing the computer screen containing the exam questions, then using the images to create a disk of the questions and answers for the exam.
Developing a new test will cost the city $56,000, prosecutors said.
All Cleveland firefighters must be certified as emergency medical technicians. Being certified as a paramedic takes further training, since paramedics are allowed to administer drugs. Firefighters voluntarily take the tests and do not receive any additional pay from the city to work as paramedics.
Legeza faces two charges of theft in office and one charge of unauthorized use of a computer.
Chester Ashton, head of the fire union, said if the allegations are true, they may merit Fire Department discipline but not felony charges.
"I don't see how this is a criminal matter," he said. "Let's let the legal process play out."
Legeza will be placed on unpaid leave until the case goes through the court system, Ashton said.
Twenty-seven firefighter/paramedics testified before a Cuyahoga County grand jury Monday about the exam. The city-administered test, which paramedics and EMS workers are required to pass every three years, emphasizes the most current medical protocols and procedures and goes above what is required for a state certification, city officials said.
Firefighters who fail the test can't do paramedic duties but don't lose their jobs. Cleveland officials created the test with help from the city's Physicians Advisory Board and the Public Safety Department's medical director.