What is criminal impersonation?
Under Oregon Revised Statute 162.365, a person commits the crime of criminal impersonation if, with intent to obtain a benefit or to injure, deceive or defraud another, the person falsely impersonates a public servant and does an act in such assumed character.
Criminal impersonation is a Class A misdemeanor, but it can be a Class C felony if the public servant impersonated is a peace officer, judge or justice of the peace.
Salem Fire Department spokesman Bill Holmstrom said that any off-duty trained paramedics or medical personnel who are at the scene at the time emergency responders arrive automatically identify themselves and allow Salem firefighter/paramedics to take over treatment. Suspicious behavior by a bystander would trigger an investigation, Holmstrom said.
WHOM TO CALL
The Marion County Sheriff's Office is investigating. Anyone with information is asked to call Detective Eric Jaroch at (503) 588-7916.