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Volunteer Firefighter Arrested for Prank 9-1-1 Calls

Volunteer Firefighter Arrested for Prank 9-1-1 Calls

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San Antonio Express via YellowBrix

March 24, 2010

SAN ANTONIO – A volunteer firefighter was arrested Tuesday after he allegedly made multiple false calls for fires and traffic accidents in Southwest Bexar County, officials said.

Quinton Arnold, 25, remained in Bexar County Jail on four counts of false alarm or report. Bail was set at a total of $8,000.

Arnold, a member of the Jarret Volunteer Fire Department in Von Ormy, allegedly placed four unfounded calls for service earlier this month, an arrest warrant affidavit states. He was using a disconnected cellular phone to make the calls from the fire station and was even part of the emergency crews that responded to the scene, the affidavit states.

Authorities traced the cell phone number and found that Arnold was making the calls from the fire station in the 18000 block of Benton City Road, according to the affidavit. After listening to the 911 calls and conducting an interview with Arnold, authorities and other firefighters verified the suspect’s voice.

Arnold has a criminal history of making false alarm calls, according to the affidavit. While he was a volunteer firefighter at another Bexar County department, he confessed to making a bomb threat to a middle school from the fire station’s phone, the affidavit states.