N.H. woman convicted of impersonating EMT
According to court documents, she submitted paperwork saying she was EMT-B State Certified, but she was not
The Keene Sentinel
NELSON, N.H. — A Nelson woman was convicted Monday of impersonating an EMT at emergency scenes and making false claims about her certification.
Susan Andrews, 38, was charged last year with five counts of prohibited acts and one count of unsworn falsification, accused of posing as a certified EMT with the Nelson Fire Department. She pleaded no contest to just one count each of prohibited acts and unsworn falsification Monday in 8th Circuit Court District Division in Keene.
In exchange for her plea, prosecutors dismissed the remaining four prohibited acts charges against Andrews.
Martha M. Jacques, who prosecuted the case for Nelson police, told the court Andrews responded to the scene of a mutual aid rescue call in Stoddard in June 2012, and acted as an EMT, providing care to a female patient who had an impaled EpiPen needle in her body.
According to court documents, Andrews submitted paperwork to the town of Nelson that said she was an EMT-B State Certified, but she was not.
Prosecutors say Andrews responded to a cardiac emergency on Murdough Hill Road in Nelson, a fatal crash on Route 9 in June 2012 and a medical emergency on Center Pond Road in Nelson in April 2012. But Monday, prospectors dropped charges against Andrews in connection with those incidents.
Judge Edward J. Burke fined Andrews $2,000, all suspended for two years on condition of good behavior.
Andrews’ husband, Joseph W. Andrews, pleaded guilty in May to one count of prohibited acts, which was reduced from a misdemeanor to a violation. He received a $1,000 fine, suspended for two years.
He posed as an EMT for the Nelson Fire Department at a medical emergency in April 2012.
The Andrewses received certificates from the N.H. Division of Fire Standards and Training and Emergency Medical Services’ basic transition program in 2005, meaning they completed a week-long EMT refresher course. But prosecutors say there is no record of either ever being a certified EMT.
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