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Firefighter arrested for fake 911 calls

Tuesday, May 05, 2009
Joseph Daywalt

Pictured: Joseph Daywalt

A volunteer firefighter from Lower Providence, Pa. has been arrested for making false 911 calls.

Joseph Francis Daywalt, 18, of the 100 block of Butcher Drive, was arrested for eight incidents between February and April, 2009.

Police say Daywalt was a firefighter with the Lower Providence Volunteer Fire Company and the Oaks Fire Company in Upper Providence at the time the incident.

During the calls, police say various emergency incidents were reported along the Route 422 corridor in Lower and Upper Providence townships.

Police, fire and other emergency rescue crews responded, but all of the calls were found to be false.

According to police, a review of 911 data, cell phone records and witness interviews led to Daywalt's arrest.

Daywalt remains free on $5,000 unsecured bail while awaiting his preliminary hearing.

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