Bemidji man facing charges for falsifying firefighter certifications

A Bemidji man failed to appear at a court summons on charges of falsifying firefighter certifications.

According to the criminal complaint, 26-year-old Tyler Hemp worked as an on-call firefighter and EMT for the City of Bemidji from 2016 to 2021 and stayed in the firefighters’ dormitory.

When a full-time firefighter position became available in February 2021, Hemp applied and later admitted to falsifying a former firefighter’s certifications with his own name and information.

Hemp is facing two gross misdemeanor counts for making false documents while a public employee.

The false records were discovered by the fire chief while conducting an annual review in 2022.

Hemp’s full-time firefighter employment was reportedly from March 2021 through May 2022.

The court documents state that failure to appear at the summons would result in a warrant for their arrest.

Hemp was not listed on the active Beltrami County warrants list as of Monday morning.


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