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Police warn of donation scams in fallen firefighter's name

Patrick Wolterman. (Provided by Hamilton FD) Patrick Wolterman. (Provided by Hamilton FD)
HAMILTON, OH (FOX19) -

The Hamilton Police Department has received reports of unauthorized fundraisers in the name of fallen firefighter Patrick Wolterman, officials say.

Police say scam artists are using the phone and bogus donation pages to take advantage of the community’s generosity.

The only official memorial funds for Wolterman's family are a First Financial Bank account set up by the Hamilton Professional Firefighters IAFF 20 or a Go Fund Me page authorized by the department.

“They are thieves, they are low lives that should not be allowed access to social media or the telephone,” said Hamilton Police Sgt. Ed Buns.

Buns said the issue has forced the department to assign one detective to solely investigate the scams.

If you receive a suspicious phone call, officials ask you to gather as much information from the caller as possible, don’t give money and call police immediately.

The 28-year-old Hamilton firefighter died Monday after falling through the floor of a burning home on Pater Avenue. 

Authorities ask if you see any other fundraiser in his memory, or are asked to donate to a fundraiser for him, check the union's Facebook page to see if it's legitimate. 

A public memorial service for Wolterman begins at 9:30 a.m. Thursday at Princeton Pike Church of God. A procession to the cemetery will follow.

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