SPARTANBURG — A Boiling Springs man says he made up a heroic tale that he told at a 9/11 ceremony last year in Spartanburg about his role as a New York City firefighter.

Jordan Liflander dressed in a uniform with a FDNY patch and was one of a number of speakers at the Wofford College event. Liflander said he retired as a captain of Ladder Company 133 and that he attended 47 funerals in three weeks for those who died in the terrorist attacks.

Frank Dwyer with the New York Fire Department media office says no one named Jordan Liflander has ever served with the department.

Liflander says he got caught up in the moment and tried to represent the views of New Yorkers.

A call seeking comment from Liflander wasn’t immediately returned Wednesday.