Fertilizer Bomb Suspect Claims Bogus RA Degree
Fertilizer plant explosion suspect Bryce Reed claims a BSN from regionally accredited Excelsior College, but Excelsior denies it.

He also claims an MBA from regionally accredited UoPhoenix, a BA in Christian Study from the Lighthouse Institute (no idea), and a BS in Business from unaccredited Phoenix State University, which appears to be a trade school, as well as various other certs. He alleges completing three undergraduate degrees at three different colleges at the same time while starting an MBA before finishing any of the three undergraduate degrees. No official word yet on which, if any, of those are real, but you have to figure if he was lying about one he was lying about everything else.

Quote:Paramedic Denies Role in Deadly Texas Blast
Published: May 11, 2013

WEST, Texas — A volunteer paramedic who became a public face of mourning after last month’s deadly blast at a fertilizer plant in this Central Texas town denied having any involvement in the explosion, his lawyer said on Saturday.

The medic, Bryce A. Reed, 31, was arrested on Friday on charges he possessed components of a pipe bomb. Hours later, the authorities in Texas said they were opening a criminal investigation into the explosion, which killed 14, injured 200 and ravaged dozens of buildings.

Law enforcement authorities have not identified Mr. Reed as a suspect in the blast, nor have they indicated any link between his arrest and the April 17 explosion. But on Saturday, as people here continued clearing away debris and patching their homes back together, new questions arose about the grief-stricken emergency medical technician who stepped into the media glare after the explosion.

His lawyer, Jonathan Sibley, said that Mr. Reed wanted to address any speculation.

“Mr. Reed had no involvement whatsoever in the explosion,” Mr. Sibley said in a statement. “Mr. Reed was one of the first responders and lost friends, family and neighbors in that disaster. Mr. Reed is heartbroken for the friends he lost, and remains resolute in his desire to assist in the rebuilding of his community.”

Mr. Sibley said Mr. Reed would plead not guilty to the bomb-possession charge at a court hearing on Wednesday.

Mr. Reed’s stepfather, Gary Nelson, told The Dallas Morning News there was “not a chance” Mr. Reed could be connected to the explosion, and neighbors and local officials said they hoped and prayed that was the case.

“I feel very confident that one has nothing to do with the other,” said Tommy Muska, West’s mayor.

Still, people who knew Mr. Reed said his own portrayals of himself sometimes seemed at odds with reality. At a public memorial service on April 25, he offered a eulogy for a first responder named Cyrus Reed, referring to the two men as brothers as he described their tight friendship. One online obituary even listed Bryce Reed as a survivor of Cyrus Reed.

But Cyrus Reed’s father, Mark, said that the two men were not related, and that his family had not met Bryce Reed until after the blast.

“He’s represented himself as a longtime friend and all that,” Mark Reed said in a telephone interview. “Unfortunately, that’s just not the case.”

For weeks after the explosion, Bryce Reed gave frequent interviews about how he had run toward the fireball to rescue survivors, and he spoke extensively about the grief of losing friends. He was identified as a paramedic in reports as recently as May 6, but the authorities said that Mr. Reed had in fact been “let go” from the West E.M.S. on April 19, two days after the blast.

He is still listed as an active paramedic in state databases, though state health officials say his arrest prompted them to open an investigation. Dr. George Smith, the head of West’s E.M.S. unit, declined to explain why Mr. Reed had been dismissed.

“It’s tough because most of my guys did truly great work,” Dr. Smith said. “And so did he. He’s an excellent paramedic.”

Mr. Reed’s father-in-law, Max Tooker, said that agents from the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives came to his home on Friday to interview Mr. Reed’s wife, Brittany. Mr. Tooker said that Ms. Reed was not connected “in any way, shape or form” to her husband’s legal troubles, and that she was now staying with relatives in Waco.

“She didn’t know anything,” Mr. Tooker said. “She had no inclination, no clue that anything was coming down at all.”

Neighbors said Mr. Reed spoke of traveling through Dubai and Europe or working at the Pentagon, and once mentioned that he was a SWAT officer in Waco. On his LinkedIn résumé, he said he had received a bachelor’s degree in nursing from Excelsior College, but Mike Lesczinski, a college spokesman, said Mr. Reed had never been a student there.

His résumé also lists him as the president and chief executive of the Silentium Group and the director of operations of Bare Fruit Ministries, two organizations that appear to consist almost solely of Mr. Reed or his wife, and whose phone numbers led to Mr. Reed’s voice mail.

Crystal LeDane, who lives three homes down from Mr. Reed’s red-brick duplex, described him as a good neighbor whose stories about himself occasionally perplexed her. Now, she said, she was left with even more questions. “None of it adds up,” she said.


Excelsior College
BSN, Nursing
2008 – 2010

University of Phoenix
MBA, Masters in Business Administration
2008 – 2010

The Lighthouse Institute
Bachelors of Arts, Christian Study
2008 – 2009
Pastoral Education

Phoenix State Uinversity
Bachelors of Science, Business/EP
2007 – 2009
Activities and Societies: AAEP

Childrens Medical Center Dallas
Pediatric and Neonatal Critical Care
Activities and Societies: PNCCEMCTP

The University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center at Dallas
Advanced Field Critical Care
Activities and Societies: Essentials of long and short term care associated with high-risk/long transportation of critically ill individuals.

NA, Response/Identification/Containment
US Biological and Chemical Weapons Depot, Ft. McClellan, Alabama.
Activities and Societies: Assess, Identify, and mitigate the harm of agents introduced.

University of Maryland Baltimore County
Wonder what, if anything, he was really studying at PSU? A dumbass who was too lazy to pull 500 bullets apart to get the powder might prefer to buy in bulk.

Phoenix State University Wrote:Become a CERTIFIED RELOADER!

Only CERTIFIED Reloaders can now get around wholesale ammo and component restrictions (Primers, Powder, Cases, Bullets)...

Quote:According to an affidavit released by the federal court in Waco, the McLennan County Sheriff's Office was called on Tuesday to home in Abbott, which is near West, about 'a possible destructive device' and related items.

The affidavit said that law enforcement officials determined that the device and related items belonged to Reed.

The material is described as a 3.5-inch galvanized metal pipe an inch and a half in diameter. Two galvanized end caps were attached to the pipe. One end cap had a small hole drilled into it.

Canisters containing a fuse, a lighter, six coils of metal ribbon and several pounds of chemical powders were also found.

The powders were described as potassium nitrate, aluminum powder, red iron oxide, ammonium perchlorate, sulfur powder and other materials.

The affidavit said that the materials had been left in a home near Waco by Reed on April 26, but the person at the home did not know what had been left.

Potassium nitrate is used in fertilizers and can also be used in fireworks and gunpowder.

Aluminum powder, potassium nitrate and sulfur are common ingredients in flash powder. The affidavit said ATF explosives and chemistry experts determined that the materials 'can be readily assembled into a destructive device.'

On his LinkedIn profile, Reed said he spent time at the U.S. Biological and Chemical Weapon Depot in Ft McClellan, Alabama.

Reed also lists one year from 2010-2011 as a technician/regional safety officer for Allied International Emergency LLC., where he said response teams dealt with 'Weapons of Mass Destruction Response, Nuclear Event Management, Chemical or Biological Weapons Containment, Large Scale Environmental Loss Mitigation, to DOT/EPA small scale spill cleanup...'

And speaking of dumbasses, didja notice among the groups shown on his LinkedIn page--Mensa. Probably BS like the rest of his resume, but he sounds like another QTJ type, a drama queen so impressed by his alleged test scores that he can't function in the normal world.

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