PORT WASHINGTON - A Port Washington firefighter has been charged with trying to pay someone to impersonate him and take his EMT exam.

Bernard Shore, 65, was arraigned in Hempstead after being accused of posting an ad on Craigslist and then hiring an undercover reporter to impersonate him at his EMT recertification test last month. Shore allegedly offered $400 and a fake ID card in the process.

Prosecutors say Shore, a 10-year veteran volunteer at the department, had previously turned down an undercover officer who replied to the same listing.

EMT personnel are required to take a recertification test every three years. Shore failed that test back in May, and his lawyer says a medical condition is to blame.

However, residents say they have little sympathy, especially with emergency care on the line.

Shore pleaded not guilty to the charges. He is due back in court on Aug. 21.

He has since been relieved of his duties.