Fake 9/11 Firefighter Rescuer Jordan Liflander Confesses His Story Is A Sham
(CBS) A South Carolina man who told his fellow firefighters he was one of the first responders on 9/11 has admitted it was a lie. Jordan Lifander, a former Cedarhurst, Long Island volunteer firefighter, said this week that he was sorry for telling firefighters in the Palmetto State that he was a captain of FDNY’s Ladder 133, which lost 12 men on Sept. 11.
“You know, once you tell one lie, you gotta keep up that lie,” Lifander told CBSNewYork.com on Wednesday. “I got all caught up in the whole 9/11 anniversary and just lied. I was not a member of the FDNY, was not a captain in Ladder 133.”
Lifander “did not survive the disaster any more than those of us who watched it on television,” CBS 2’s Lou Young wrote.
Dressed in a uniform with an FDNY patch, Lifander spoke at a 9/11 memorial service in Spartanburg, S.C., last year, telling the crowd he attended “47 funerals in three weeks for brothers who died that day.” He received a standing ovation.
According to the Spartanburg Herald-Journal, current and former New York City firefighters contacted the paper on Monday saying Liflander’s story was a “sham.”
When contacted by the paper, he said he had been “trying to get out of the situation” and “got caught up in the moment.”
“I wanted to represent what everybody was honoring that day,” he said. “I told it from a New Yorker’s point of view.”
“It was that whole thing about portraying something I wasn’t,” Lifander told CBS 2. “The ego, the lie, keeping up with it, a very big mistake … It just snowballed into something that was out of my control. I’m truly sorry for misleading and lying.”