Accused firefighter impersonator to appear in court

November 20, 2011 12:10:20 PM PST
A man accused of impersonating a peace officer at a west Houston park the night a suspicious fire broke out is expected in court Monday.

Lonnie Ray Henderson was arrested at George Bush Park in September. He was behind the fire line and dressed in full Houston Fire Department gear, officials said.

Three fires at the park that week burned roughly 1,500 acres.

Authorities said Henderson claimed he reported the fire and was trying to help put it out.

According to the fire chief at the West I-10 Volunteer Fire Department, Henderson used to volunteer there, but turned in his uniform more than a year ago and has not volunteered with them since.

He has never worked for HFD.