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A man who was a Hialeah firefighter for two decades was accused of selling thousands of life support certification cards for over $870,000 without giving the necessary instructional classes to the applicants. 

For the past two years, a 60-year-old man who was a firefighter for 20 years with the Hialeah Fire Department was teaching life support classes to people seeking certification from the American Heart Association.  

It was reported that the man has training and certifications in several techniques such as basic, advanced cardiovascular, and advanced pediatric life support. 

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A Pompton Lakes man who volunteers as a Santa Claus impersonator was pulled over while driving on Monday and arrested for alleged drug charges.

Charles R. Smith, a retired New Jersey Transit worker, currently does volunteer work dressing as Santa Claus for the Toys for Tots Foundation. He had been driving down Route 46 around 2:00 in the morning on Monday when South Hackensack police pulled him over for a routine traffic stop. Smith stated that he was on his way to a nearby motel at the time. One of the officers spotted a crack pipe next to Smith’s Santa suit which was hanging in the vehicle, and a search of the car allegedly uncovered empty plastic bags containing crack cocaine and heroin residue. A hypodermic needle was also said to be amongst the contraband items.

66-year-old Smith was taken into custody and faces two counts of possession of drug paraphernalia. He was released shortly after his detainment and awaits a court hearing. It is unknown whether Smith has legal representation at this time.

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