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NY EMT accused of paying someone to take EMT test

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HEMPSTEAD, N.Y. (AP) - A longtime volunteer emergency medical technician on Long Island is accused of using Craigslist to hire someone to take the EMT certification test for him.

Bernard Shore, of Port Washington, pleaded not guilty Wednesday to charges of offering a false instrument and official misconduct.

Nassau County District Attorney Kathleen Rice said if Shore had pulled off the scam, it "could have meant the difference between life and death for an innocent person."

Newsday says Shore's attorney, Ed Jenks, said his client was a good man. He said at worst, he showed poor judgment.

Prosecutors say the 10-year volunteer critical care EMT at the Port Washington fire department failed the state exam in May. Shore applied to be retested in July, and in June allegedly placed the ad on Craigslist.

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