Saturday, April 3, 2010

Paramedic Fired

Pittsburgh officials have fired paramedic Josie Dimon following the death of 50 year old Curtis Mitchell of Hazelwood who waited 30 hours for an ambulance during the early February storm that dumped nearly 2 feet of snow on the city. Mitchell and his girlfriend called 9-1-1 ten times seeking help for his abdominal pain. Medics say they could not reach the house asked Mitchell to walk a couple of blocks to their ambulance. Crew Chief Kim Long and district chiefs Norman Auvil and Ron Curry were suspended without pay for 3 days apiece.
It's believed Dimon was fired because a tape released by public safety officials included profane remarks she made while waiting to see if Mitchell would walk to the ambulance. The union has said it would challenge the disciplining of its members.

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