Bell County fire officials are asking local residents to be on the lookout for a man impersonating a Bell County fire chief in the Harker Heights area.

Central Bell County Fire and Rescue Safety Officer Howard Kelly said the department referred the matter to police after receiving multiple calls about the suspect Monday.

“Apparently he has been going around Harker Heights telling people our chief died in a fire, and that he is the new chief,” Kelly said.

Kelly confirmed that Jason Worsdale, fire chief for the Central Bell County Fire and Rescue, is alive and well.

Kelly said the suspect is a light-skinned, possibly black or Hispanic male, 5 feet, 10 inches to 6 feet tall with a thin build.

All official personnel carry identification, Kelly said.

“You can ask and make sure they have that department ID,” Kelly said.

Departments are required to wear full uniforms. It was reported that the imposter may have been wearing a Central Bell County Fire and Rescue T-shirt.

According to Texas statute, impersonating a public servant is a third-degree felony punishable by a $10,000 fine and up to 10 years in prison.

Contact Chris McGuinness at or (254) 501-7568. Follow him on Twitter at ChrismKDH.

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