The Republican elector who stated he will not vote for President-elect Donald Trump in the Electoral College vote on Dec. 19 reportedly lied about being a first responder on 9/11.
Chris Suprun, 42, has for years talked of his past as a firefighter who first responded to the terrorist attack on the Pentagon in Washington, D.C., on 9/11.
In an editorial published earlier in December in The New York Times, Suprun stated he will not vote for Trump in the upcoming Electoral College vote because the president-elect "shows daily he is not qualified for the office."
In the opinion piece, the Dallas-based elector wrote: "Fifteen years ago, as a firefighter, I was part of the response to the Sept. 11 attacks against our nation."
While he is a licensed paramedic, according to state records, and is the founder of a nonprofit called Never Forget, much of his LinkedIn resume cannot be verified, WFAA reports.
"He claimed to be a first responder with the Manassas Park [Virginia] Fire Department on September 11, 2001 and personally told us stories 'Well, I was fighting fire that day at the Pentagon, [and] 'No, I was on a medic unit that day at the Pentagon,'" stated a first responder who says he knows Suprun, but does not want his identity to be known. "And you make a phone call to Manassas Park and you find out that he wasn't even employed there until October 2001.”
Suprun was reportedly hired by the City of Manassas Park on Oct. 10, 2001, one month after the 9/11 attacks. The agency's fire chief confirmed his department had never responded to any of the 9/11 sites.
"It's no different than stolen valor for the military; dressing up and saying 'Hey, I earned a Purple Heart' when you weren't even in combat. There's a big difference between shopping at Old Navy and being a Navy SEAL," said the first responder who is Suprun's acquaintance.
Suprun's online resume lists that he was a paramedic with Air Methods air ambulance service and is currently a paramedic with Freedom EMS in Dallas, but he was never an employee of the former and the latter is a company that doesn't currently exist.
Federal court records instead reveal that Suprun had been in bankruptcy during the last five years and was released from bankruptcy supervision in December.