DC Firefighter Arrested for Fake Prescription

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CHARLOTTE HALL, Md. (CBSDC/AP) — A D.C. firefighter has been arrested for allegedly filling a fake prescription at a pharmacy in Maryland while wearing his uniform.

The St. Mary’s County Sheriff’s Department says 35-year-old Henry Dent was arrested Thursday after coming out of a grocery store in Charlotte Hall, Md., where he filled a fake prescription for oxycodone. The Sheriff’s Department says officials recovered 47 oxycodone pills, 18 other fake prescriptions and six empty prescription bottles Dent obtained from pharmacies in Calvert County, Prince George’s County and Washington.

Officials say they began looking for Dent after he filled a fake prescription at a pharmacy in Hollywood, Md., on Tuesday.

Dent did not appear to have a listed telephone number. A spokesman for the fire department did not immediately return a telephone call requesting comment Saturday.

The investigation is ongoing and now includes officers from the Office of Internal Affairs for Washington D.C. Fire and EMS.

Dent’s arrest brings the total number of D.C. firefighters arrested since fall up to at least 12. Union president Ed Smith considers it a troubling trend.

Smith and the mayor’s administration agree — something has to be done to help firefighters before they commit a crime. Smith favors in-person visits to the firehouses to remind everyone of the resources available at the Police and Fire Clinic.

“It’s reaching a point that I think additional efforts are needed and are warranted,” Deputy Mayor for Public Safety and Justice Paul A. Quander Jr. said at an oversight hearing Friday.

WNEW’s Matt DelSignore contributed to this report. Follow him and WNEW on Twitter.

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