fireman_silo.jpgA San Francisco man was arrested Monday after he somehow gained entrance to a fire station, dressed in a female firefighter’s clothes, and gave a rambling statement about working for the military, spokespeople for the police and fire departments said today.

A firefighter arriving at Station 19 at 390 Buckingham Way in the Taraval District for a morning shift found 29-year-old Eric Miller at about 6 a.m. sitting on the couch watching TV, police said.

Miller, wearing a firefighter T-shirt, greeted the firefighter, who initially assumed Miller was another firefighter he hadn’t seen before, fire department spokeswoman Lt. Mindy Talmadge said.

The firefighter then asked Miller, “Do you need a jump?” which is firefighter lingo for taking over a shift, according to Talmadge.

Miller didn’t understand the question, and the firefighter became suspicious, she said.

When asked what he was doing there, Miller replied that he “worked for the army and was waiting for an emergency call on the DNS phone,” police spokesman Lt. Troy Dangerfield said.

Firefighters then detained him until police arrived.

Talmadge acknowledged that there are firefighter “groupies” fascinated with the job who often hang around fire stations, but discounted the groupie theory in this case.

“Nobody knew who the guy was,” she said. “Usually if somebody’s inclined to be a groupie-type person, they come to the fire stations, and people know who they are.”
Police believe Miller might have jumped the fence outside the station and entered through an unlocked back door, though it was uncertain exactly when. The station has nine firefighters on duty at any given time.

Talmadge said firefighters sleeping at the station overnight heard someone working out in the gym at about 2 a.m., but they did not investigate because they assumed it was another firefighter.

Miller had apparently retrieved a female firefighter’s clothing from the dryer and then washed his shoes in the washing machine, Talmadge said.

He then donned the female firefighter’s T-shirt and shorts, and rolled her underwear up inside his own T-shirt, Talmadge said.

He was also found holding a metal briefcase belonging to one of the firefighters, and other items had been moved about the station, she said.

Dangerfield said that Miller later told police, “I was hanging out inside the firehouse waiting for the captain,” and then began rambling and “started to exhibit odd behavior.”
Miller, who lives about a mile away from the station, was booked for burglary and possession of stolen property, according to Dangerfield.

“I don’t know what his deal was, honestly, it just sounds like he has some sort of a mental issue or something,” Talmadge said.

She added that Miller did not exhibit any violent behavior.

“We certainly don’t mind anybody coming by the station anytime, if
they ring the bell,” Talmadge said.

Ari Burack, Bay City News

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  • cv

    Hmmm, maybe I will try this on the set of a porn movie.

  • cv

    Hmmm, maybe I will try this on the set of a porn movie.

  • Equiman

    “Talmadge said firefighters sleeping at the station overnight heard someone working out in the gym at about 2 a.m., but they did not investigate because they assumed it was another firefighter.”

    It’s getting so bad even our firefighters at Station 19 can’t get a full night’s sleep without some interruption.

  • Equiman

    “Talmadge said firefighters sleeping at the station overnight heard someone working out in the gym at about 2 a.m., but they did not investigate because they assumed it was another firefighter.”

    It’s getting so bad even our firefighters at Station 19 can’t get a full night’s sleep without some interruption.

  • BearStar

    I’m a retired Federal Firefighter,U.S. Federal Fire & Emergency Services-DOD with 28 years of dedicated service and a U.S. Army Vietnam Vet. I have earned the right to wear my Firefighter’s dress blues in public ,like at a funeral for a another firefighter, friends or family members. I also have other apparrel from my Fire Service years that I could wear in public, if I so chose to, but I usuallly don’t as to avoid being questioned or harrassed by the local law enforcement officials and having to prove who I am, even tho I’m entittled to and have earned the right to wear the items. I still have my Federal Fire Service badge which was given to me at my retirement. But for someone to go into a fire station dressed as a active duty firefighter on a ” shift ” when they are NOT is Wrong and should be against the LAW just as someone impersonationg a Police Officer !

  • BearStar

    I’m a retired Federal Firefighter,U.S. Federal Fire & Emergency Services-DOD with 28 years of dedicated service and a U.S. Army Vietnam Vet. I have earned the right to wear my Firefighter’s dress blues in public ,like at a funeral for a another firefighter, friends or family members. I also have other apparrel from my Fire Service years that I could wear in public, if I so chose to, but I usuallly don’t as to avoid being questioned or harrassed by the local law enforcement officials and having to prove who I am, even tho I’m entittled to and have earned the right to wear the items. I still have my Federal Fire Service badge which was given to me at my retirement. But for someone to go into a fire station dressed as a active duty firefighter on a ” shift ” when they are NOT is Wrong and should be against the LAW just as someone impersonationg a Police Officer !