Police: Forgery to EMS form leads to Volunteer Fireman’s arrest

NORTH GREENBUSH, N.Y. (NEWS10) – Police say two people are accused of forging an EMT training document, allowing one of them to be trained illegally.

According to authorities on November 3 North Greenbush Police arrested two subjects following an investigation regarding a forgery of documentation. Police say Sherwood Palitsch, 43, and Katharine Green, 25, both of 103 Main Avenue in North Greenbush were charged with Falsifying Business Records, Forgery and Conspiracy.

Officials say Palitsch was a volunteer fireman of the Wynantskill Fire Department and had received documentation that would allow him to attend an EMT course which was sponsored by the fire department. That documentation had the required signature from an assistant chief of Wynantskill Fire Department.

Palitsch and Green, who was not a member of the fire department, altered the document and entered Green’s name on a photocopy which made it appear as both had the authorization from the fire chief to attend the course. Green is a relative to Palitsch.

It was discovered sometime in mid-October that Green had been attending the course without authorization after she failed to show up to a couple of classes and the instructor contacted the fire chief. That is when fire company officials discovered the altered document.

Both Palitsch and Green were cooperative in the investigation when contacted by the police.

Palitsch and Green were arraigned at North Greenbush Town Court by Judge Piel and released on their own recognizance to appear in court on a later date.

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