Update: Port Firefighter Charged with Soliciting EMT Test-Taker Pleads Guilty

Bernard Shaw sentenced to conditional discharge Wednesday.

Bernard Shore. (Photo: Nassau County police)
Bernard Shore. (Photo: Nassau County police)
Bernard  Shore, a Port Washington man charged with soliciting an impersonator to take his EMT certification exam for him, pleaded guilty today to official misconduct, a Class A misdemeanor, according to a representative from Nassau County District Attorney Kathleen Rice.

The plea relates to Shore’s interactions with an undercover New York State Department of Health employee.

In May 2013, Shore, a 10-year volunteer critical care emergency medical technician in the Port Washington Fire Department, failed the New York State Critical Care EMT examination, according to Rice.

Shore applied to be retested and placed an ad on Craigslist seeking an EMT-CC or Paramedic to take the test for him, according to Rice.

Shore was contacted in an undercover capacity by the NYS Department of Health, Bureau of Emergency Medical Services, which saw the ad. Rice said, Shore agreed to pay the undercover $400 and provide him with a forged Port Washington Fire Department identification card with Shore’s name and the undercover’s photo. He was arrested Aug. 14.

According to the DA's office, Shore was sentenced by Judge Scott Fairgrieve to a conditional discharge, with the conditions as follows:

  • Shore may not attempt to certify as an EMT with New York state.
  • Shore must forfeit any pension or pension credits earned from 2010 through present.
  • Shore must pay back real estate tax credit from 2010 to present.
  • Shore must pay a $500 fine.


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