FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla. -

One of the four Fort Lauderdale firefighters charged with faking mandatory training certifications and receiving a raise for them bonded out of jail on Thursday. A fifth who will also face charges remains at large.

"I'm proud to be a firefighter, going on 15 years," said Freddie Batista as he walked out of jail Thursday evening. "It's hurtful, but it's one of those things. Proud to be a firefighter."

He, Steve Loleski, Gregory Jones, and Joseph Perri have all been charged. Michael Reimer, a former firefighter and creator of Safety Solutions, a company that trains firefighters, has a warrant out for his arrest.

The mother of Batista broke down as he was addressed by the judge during his bond hearing.

"These individuals are alleged to have formed a conspiracy to commit perjury, and that to me shows an utter disregard for the law," said prosecutor Ellen St. Laurent.

According to Fort Lauderdale Police, an investigation began after the Florida Department of Health found a fraudulent cardiovascular life support training certificate during an audit. An internal investigation found more forged certificates.

The men are accused of doctoring their certification cards to look up to date, making them eligible for raises up to $15,000.

Renewals of the certificates are required every two years for fire rescue personnel by state law. An 8 hour course is offered through the Fort Lauderdale Fire Department.

Batista is charged with creating the fake certifications. According to the arrest affidavit, Batista claimed to be a certified trainer for Safety Solutions, allowing him to make fake certifications.

The Fort Lauderdale Fire Fighter's union, Local 756, issued a statement about the arrests on Thursday.

READ: Local 756's statement

PHOTOS: Firefighters arrested

Published On: Oct 17 2012 11:10:28 AM EDT   Updated On: Oct 17 2012 04:43:19 PM EDT
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Photo of Mike Reimer, who has an active warrant for 1 count of Uttering a Forged Document, 1 count of Grand Theft, and 1 count of Official Misconduct.

The charges against the five men are below:

  • Reimer has an active warrant for the following charges:
    1 count of Uttering a Forged Document
    1 count of Grand Theft
    1 count of Official Misconduct
  • Batista, a 14 year veteran, has been charged with the following:
    5 counts of Forgery
    5 counts of Official Misconduct
  • Loleski, a 12 year veteran, has been charged with the following:
    1 count of Uttering a Forged Document
    1 count of Grand Theft
    1 count of Official Misconduct
  • Jones, a 6 year veteran, has been charged with the following:
    1 count of Uttering a Forged Document
    1 count of Grand Theft
    1 count of Official Misconduct
  • Perri, a 6 year veteran, has been charged with the following crimes:
    1 count of Uttering a Forged Document
    1 count of Official Misconduct

Defense Attorney Martin Jaffe would not comment on the matter Thursday night.

The four men were granted bond after a Broward County judge ruled the money they would use to post had not been obtained illegally.