Fire officials: Former chief was not a certified firefighter

Manchester Fire Department (File.)

MANCHESTER, Conn. (AP) — Officials say a former deputy fire chief in a suburb of Hartford didn’t receive firefighter certification from the state training academy and no one has said how a bogus certificate appeared in his file.

Acting Fire Chief Don Moore says Todd Sise resigned as the investigation began. The former Manchester deputy remains a paid dispatcher and is not facing disciplinary action.

The 38-year-old said Wednesday he completed partial training at the Connecticut Fire Academy and that an administrator told him he passed an exam to obtain his Firefighter I certificate.

He says he was never formally presented with the certificate and now believes someone created the fake certificate after he actually failed the test.

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