Board member shocked by charges against CPR instructor

Photo of Robert A Grayless provided by the Indiana State Police Department.

FORT WAYNE, Ind. (WANE) — He’s accused of stealing thousands of dollars in CPR class fees from a township. But Robert Grayless wasn’t just the division chief of EMS at St. Joseph Fire and Rescue.

Grayless is also the president of the Windsor Pointe Neighborhood Association in New Haven. One board member said he is in charge of collecting dues.

“He’s very involved. He’s one of the main leaders of our board,” said board member Everett Confer.  “There is some concern as to what we need to be doing here and so we’ll take a look at that. But right now he’s innocent until proven guilty.”

The Indiana State Police said Grayless pocketed more than $7,000 in class fees as the township’s CPR instructor between June of 2013 and December of 2014. Authorities said the number of people receiving instruction didn’t match up with the amount of money Grayless turned in.

Township Fire Chief David Ringer said Grayless became the division chief of EMS in January of 2013. That’s the exact same time the township disbanded the St. Joe Township Fire Department and formed the new department, which was a controversial decision in the community.

Ringer said when the township suspended Grayless at the beginning of the year, he formed his own CPR certification business: CPRFirstAidFW.com. The website said CPR certification costs $30. That’s $10 more per person than what Grayless collected at St. Joe Township.

Confer said Grayless isn’t currently behind bars. He couldn’t be reached for comment on Friday.

Grayless has his initial hearing scheduled for Monday.

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