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Firing of N.M. medic for "extreme rudeness" approved

The firing came after a string of complaints; in one Lt. Brad Tate allegedly dismissed a teen's stomach pain that turned out to be a ruptured appendix

By Dan McKay
Albuquerque Journal

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. — The city’s personnel board this week upheld the firing of a 10-year paramedic who was accused of “extreme rudeness” to patients and other misconduct, according to the city attorney’s office.

Lt. Brad Tate was fired last year, but his termination ended up before the personnel board this week after an appeal.

The board voted 4-0 on Wednesday to approve the termination, Assistant City Attorney Rebecca Wardlaw said.

Tate’s attorney, Michael Cadigan, a former city councilor, contends Tate will be vindicated on appeal.

Wardlaw said the city pursued Tate’s termination after “an investigation due to a number of complaints regarding his conduct that covered several different areas, including extreme rudeness to others, such as staff at Albuquerque Ambulance and patients.”

There were also allegations of falsifying documents and “conduct that would constitute medical malpractice,” she said.

Cadigan said the city has illegally persecuted Tate.

“We will appeal the city’s decision to District Court and are confident that Tate will be vindicated when he has a neutral judge to review the city’s unfair and arbitrary action,” Cadigan said Thursday. “The taxpayers will likely have to pick up the tab for this absurd witch-hunt, which the city is using to distract from ongoing issues of discrimination and sexual harassment in the Fire Department.”

The city had to pay Tate over $39,000 after a state district judge ruled the city had violated the state Inspection of Public Records Act, Cadigan said.

The records lawsuit came after the city “refused to let Tate see the documents that the city used as evidence against him,” Cadigan said.

Tate also has a civil-rights suit pending against the city.

Among the allegations was a complaint from a fellow Fire Department lieutenant concerned about how Tate had treated his teenage daughter. Tate was accused of dismissing signs that the stomach pains might be serious. It turned out she had a ruptured appendix.

The incident led to the city’s settlement of the family’s claims for $49,500.


McClatchy-Tribune News Service
©2014 the Albuquerque Journal (Albuquerque, N.M.)

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Paul Russell Sr Paul Russell Sr Friday, July 11, 2014 4:25:16 PM Looks like a hood thug.
Michael Bennetts Michael Bennetts Friday, July 11, 2014 10:15:29 PM Really? What makes you say that? I just see a normal guy looking into the lens of a camera. Do you know him?
Michele Logue Michele Logue Friday, July 11, 2014 10:45:33 PM Sounds more like a case of ignorance on the medics part and plain burn out or attitude. Mr. Russell I see a gentleman, not a thug.
Daniel Chacon Daniel Chacon Friday, July 11, 2014 11:09:21 PM People don't understand unless you've worked in the field. Albuquerque is one of the busiest city's nationwide and these medics are very burned out by the constant barrage of non emergent calls, rude patients, not to mention restless nights. I had the pleasure of attending calls with this fellow medic when I worked with AAS and he was always very respectful and kind.
Rich Ortiz Rich Ortiz Saturday, July 12, 2014 5:42:50 AM If it's true I agree with the firing. Don't forget there are two sides to the story. It also sounds like he can be burnt out and may just need counseling.
Barry Rosenberg Barry Rosenberg Saturday, July 12, 2014 8:40:48 AM Look, if he was fired for the rudeness, that is rediculous and insane. But falsyfying documents and potential malpractice is a big deal.
Ari Andalman Ari Andalman Saturday, July 12, 2014 1:38:55 PM He does look like a hood thug
Paul Russell Sr Paul Russell Sr Saturday, July 12, 2014 5:57:07 PM If he was a hard core thug he would be smiling. Maybe a witch hunt
Travis AT Travis AT Saturday, July 12, 2014 8:16:43 PM I'm with Paul, at least kind of; he certainly looks like an angry man. Hood thug, maybe not, but rough looking, definitely.
Eddie Davenport Eddie Davenport Friday, July 25, 2014 12:39:14 AM well this comment section went downhill quick

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