Thirty-three year old Raymond Oprey of Palisades, New York, is a New York City firefighter who helped out at Ground Zero on September 11th. Last Thursday, he off-duty and was out drinking in Rockleigh, New Jersey when he heard an emergency call on his radio. There was a strip mall fire in nearby Closter, NJ, about 3 miles west of where he was. So Raymond sprang into action and went to the nearby Rockleigh Fire Department, jumped in one of their trucks, and took it. Then he drove, drunk, the three miles to Closter, radioing the firemen on the scene, “I’m on the way and I have the aqua!” When he got there, he wanted to help out, but the police were suspicious and arrested him. He’s been charged with DWI, plus burglary and unlawful stealing of a fire truck. Raymond Oprey could end up with 5 years in jail and $15,000 in fines.
Posted on the old blog 9/30/2006.