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Hearing postponed for Monroeville firefighter accused of impersonating policeman |

Hearing postponed for Monroeville firefighter accused of impersonating policeman

| Monday, December 12, 2016 3:57 p.m.

The preliminary hearing for a suspended Monroeville deputy fire chief accused of impersonating a police officer and official oppression was postponed Monday at the request of his defense attorney.

Attorney Owen Seman said his client, George Gerstacker, 46, of Monroeville will get a mental health evaluation before returning to District Jeffrey L. Herbst’s court on March 20 for the hearing.

The Monroeville attorney said neither he nor Gerstacker would comment further on the case.

Monroeville police filed the misdemeanor charges against Gerstacker on Sept. 16, three days after he allegedly pulled a motorcyclist over for erratic driving on William Penn Highway, took the driver’s information and told him to expect “a citation in the mail.”

The motorcyclist called police to tell them he had been pulled over by someone he wasn’t sure was an officer and gave them the license number of Gerstacker’s vehicle, according to the criminal complaint. The motorcyclist in a written statement told police Gerstacker used flashing red and blue emergency vehicle lights but no siren to signal him to stop.

Monroeville Station 5 fire Chief Ron Harvey said in September that firefighters are allowed to use the emergency lights to assist them in getting to calls, and that Gerstacker abused that privilege. Gerstacker was suspended pending an internal investigation of the incident, he said. The chief did not return calls on Monday.

Michael DiVittorio is a Tribune-Review staff writer. Reach him at 412-871-2367 or

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