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‘He put our lives in jeopardy’

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TAMPA (FOX 13) -

Going by Joey Brennen's Facebook page, he's a budding young firefighter in Hillsborough County.

Only problem is: he's not a firefighter – a wannabe at most.

"You can't just buy gear on E-bay and decide you're going to be a fireman and go to fires," said Hernando County Sheriff's Office public information officer Denise Moloney.

But that's exactly what deputies say he did. 

They say on July 6 Brennen stacked the wicker chairs on the back porch of the East Hernando public library then lit them on fire.

Then they say he went home, less than a mile away and waited to hear the call come over scanner-radio. 

"When he heard the call go out, he put the bunker gear on and he responded over there," Moloney said.

He apparently told crews on scene he was there to help and that he wanted to be a volunteer firefighter.              

Well, that's not the way to warm up to these guys; he wasn't allowed to help.

"It is a little upsetting that somebody could intentionally do something like this to get attention and put our lives in jeopardy," said Assistant Chief Kevin Carroll of the Hernando County Fire Rescue.

Brennen is under arrest, trading his firefighting outfit for jail attire. The total damage done to the library is more than $500,000.  It's been closed since.

There has been no comment from anyone at Brennen's house, but a neighbor did say this:

"The kid needs some help. That's all I can say."

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