TUCSON, AZ (Tucson News Now) - Marana police arrested a man for pretending to be a Tucson Fire Department employee during the funeral procession of Billy Warneke, the member of the Granite Mountain Hotshots who was laid to rest yesterday.
According to a news release from the Marana Police Department, James Patrick Brown was booked into the Pima County Jail on one count of impersonating a public servant. Brown was also wanted on an outstanding felony theft warrant out of Maricopa County.
Police say Brown told police officers that he was an employee of the TFD fleet services and was authorized to be in the procession. Brown was wearing a TFD T-shirt and hat. He also had a TFD captain and Wickenburg Fire Department badges in his possession, police say.
Police are investigating how Brown came into possession of the badges.