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Man accused of impersonating High Park firefighter released from jail

LARIMER COUNTY, Colo. – A Denver man accused of impersonating a firefighter battling the High Park wildfire in Larimer County was out of jail Tuesday.

The Larimer County Sheriff’s Office says Michael Stillmann Maher, 30, posted bond of $15,000 and was released at 8:30 p.m. Monday.

Investigators say he was contacted inside the fire area by a wild land fire chief Saturday night and appeared to have phony firefighter credentials.

“He acted like he was somebody,” says Michael Rivera, manager at the Long Branch Lounge.

Maher was driving a Toyota Tacoma with a government license plate and lettering on the window. Investigators say the government license plate was stolen from the Glenwood Springs area.

Rivera says Maher walked into his bar late Saturday night.

“Everybody applauded him and gave him a round of applause,” says Rivera. 

Maher’s Tacoma was spotted in Laporte and Sheriff’s deputies found Maher in a local bar. Authorities say stolen property was recovered from Maher’s truck as well as a firearm.  

He faces charges of Obstruction, Impersonation, Theft and Attempting to Influence a Public Servant.