Firefighter Accused of Breaking into Homes of Hospitalized Patients

A Troy, New York firefighter facing charges that he burglarized the homes of EMS patients he transported, is now facing additional charges. Devvan Farina, 39, is accused of breaking into the homes where he knew the occupant had been transported to a local hospital.

Farina, who also served as a paramedic with the Albany County Sheriff’s Office, was originally charged last February with burglary, attempted burglary, grand larceny, criminal mischief and attempted petit larceny for an incident that occurred last January in Bethlehem. He was suspended from both organizations.

The new charges involve similar allegations that occurred in Troy. Here is more on the story, including a link to video news coverage that I could not embed. Here is earlier coverage.

About Curt Varone

Curt Varone has over 45 years of fire service experience and 35 as a practicing attorney licensed in both Rhode Island and Maine. His background includes 29 years as a career firefighter in Providence (retiring as a Deputy Assistant Chief), as well as volunteer and paid on call experience. He is the author of two books: Legal Considerations for Fire and Emergency Services, (2006, 2nd ed. 2011, 3rd ed. 2014, 4th ed. 2022) and Fire Officer's Legal Handbook (2007), and is a contributing editor for Firehouse Magazine writing the Fire Law column.
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