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Medic accused of rape inside ambulance

The woman, who had fallen at a holiday party, says she woke up to find the man assaulting her inside the ambulance

The Associated Press

HAMDEN, Conn. — A paramedic raped a woman as she lay unconscious and strapped to a stretcher in the back of an ambulance on the way to a hospital, police said Friday.

The 22-year-old woman, who had fallen and suffered a concussion at a holiday party, says she woke up to find the man assaulting her inside the ambulance on Dec. 25, according to Hamden police. She said she could not move because she was strapped down.

Mark Powell, 49, of North Haven, surrendered Thursday to face charges of first-degree sexual assault and unlawful restraint and was released on $25,000 bond. He did not respond to a phone message seeking comment, and it was unclear whether he had an attorney.

Hamden Police Chief Thomas Wydra said the allegations represent "outrageous and horrifying conduct" by an emergency medical professional.

"Our society places the greatest level of trust and confidence in its public safety providers, and the circumstances in this case reflect a tremendous breach of that faith. The victim in this incident demonstrated enormous strength and courage in bringing this complaint forward," he said.

Police responded to the report of the woman's fall around 3 a.m., and she was treated at the scene. She was allegedly assaulted en route to Yale-New Haven Hospital and contacted police after she was released.

Powell was the only person in the American Medical Response ambulance aside from a driver and the victim, according to Hamden Police Capt. Ronald Smith. He said investigators are still conducting interviews and waiting for lab results, but charges are not expected to be filed against anybody else.

AMR spokeswoman Deborah Hileman said it is a national standard to have only one person in the back of the ambulance during the transport of a patient.

The company said Powell has been placed on administrative leave.

"This kind of behavior is an affront to AMR caregivers across Connecticut who provide high quality care to their patients each and every day, with integrity and compassion," AMR General Manager Charles Babson said.

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Dawna R Cooper Dawna R Cooper Friday, January 06, 2012 1:40:20 PM It’s happened before, rarely but it has happened. AMR is a for profit private ambulance company who employs poorly paid and inexperienced EMT’s and Paramedics who usually do not stay with that company for very long. As long as the private sector is providing a public emergency service the quality and character of their employees will never be to the standard of public expectation. They don’t even do a comprehensive back ground investigation on their employees, like municipal police, fire, EMS and Sheriff do. Even that won’t fool proof problems but there is less chance of hiring a rapist or child molester.
Steven Syriac Steven Syriac Friday, January 06, 2012 1:45:36 PM How can this happen? Don't you think the driver would see something?
Brandon Fodness Brandon Fodness Friday, January 06, 2012 1:58:30 PM Right on Dawna. AMR is a very poor excuse for emergncy care and say to say its the patients that end up paying for it.
Amber Myrick Amber Myrick Friday, January 06, 2012 1:59:03 PM What the hell...
Kim Whocareswhatuthink Kim Whocareswhatuthink Friday, January 06, 2012 2:00:29 PM This truly sickens me. The public looks to us for help, not harm. I commend this woman for having the courage to come forward and report the incident. God only knows how many times he may have done this before and it went unreported. My stomach turns to even think about it...
John Adams John Adams Friday, January 06, 2012 2:01:38 PM Wow!
David Clinkenbeard David Clinkenbeard Friday, January 06, 2012 2:10:44 PM Cooper- Your statement about private ems is insulting. I am a paramedic and have been in ems for 9 years. I was a volunteer with the police department for 6 years and am currently a reserve firefighter paramedic with a municipal fire department. Your statement is insulting and poor. EMT's and paramedics who work in the private ems field are not all bad. We are just as professional as municipal firefighters and sometimes even more. How dare you insult my integrity or anyone else that works on a private ambulance. Also people are innocent until proven guilty. Where I am from municipal firefighters medics and emt's work part time on PRIVATE ambulances. I am a dedicated and professional paramedic and I am PROUD to work on a ambulance. :)
Yanira Serrano Reyes Yanira Serrano Reyes Friday, January 06, 2012 2:12:38 PM Whattt??? I can't belive that 8-(, and the driver now everything
Bill Davis Bill Davis Friday, January 06, 2012 2:20:49 PM How is this an AMR issue? I've worked for AMR for 10 years, I'm highly paid and trained. This type of editorial slander detracts from the seriousness of article and the whole point behind having a comment or discussion forum. You don't like AMR? Fine I'm sure you have your reasons but saying we are all underpaid and undertrained morons is uncalled for. This is a very serious topic and any disussion should be serious, not another excuse to bash AMR. If this guy worked for a Fire based or Third service. Would you bash them? I don't think so. Comment on the article but keep the editorial comments to your self. AMR has operations in 38 states so while you may have had a bad experience with your AMR operation some of us are proud of ours.
Adam Montgomery Adam Montgomery Friday, January 06, 2012 2:21:22 PM Wow that's horrible...if this is true I ask the same thing steven did the driver not see anything? Did they have a separate box from cab? Dawna, I agree with you about the private sectors hiring dirtbags but fire departments and police departments have more than their fair share of accusations which is what this is at this point. If this is true then I hope they oppose the worst punishment they possibly can on this pos. Just fyi I'm not a huge fan of amr but want to give a guy that provides a public service for alot less money than he probably deserves the benefit of a doubt.
Brent Anderson Brent Anderson Friday, January 06, 2012 2:28:16 PM 1 out of thousands of transports and you blame a company? Shame on you.
Jessica Bass Jessica Bass Friday, January 06, 2012 2:29:24 PM Wow! I worked for AMR in Northern California for almost 3 years before moving to Arizona. Your statements are merely YOUR opinion, not facts. I was not poorly paid, inexperienced or treated poorly by Management or my peers. In fact, I miss my job there! AND, not only did I have to pass a physical exam and background investigation (along with my credit verification), I had to pass a 2 week long orientation. I've also worked for a F.D. and other private entities during my career. Scumbags are in every profession, and singling them out because they work private sector is in my opinion, deregatory and insulting! Check your facts before you make such claims!
Nathan DuBard Nathan DuBard Friday, January 06, 2012 2:29:39 PM Well said, Bill.
Ted Shepard Ted Shepard Friday, January 06, 2012 2:37:42 PM WTF......
Eric Engelke Eric Engelke Friday, January 06, 2012 2:41:32 PM Ma'am, I work for a private company and we did and do have background checks done on us. Yes, we provide "911" care.
Haley Sledge Haley Sledge Friday, January 06, 2012 2:42:26 PM Well said sir!!!!
Jason M. Barragan Jason M. Barragan Friday, January 06, 2012 2:45:43 PM Yea what david said i got his back and if you want some come get some
Will Roberts Will Roberts Friday, January 06, 2012 2:48:34 PM Point blank there are bad people in this world. I have heard every field you can think of being guilty of such crimes, if not even more severe crimes. Does or should that tarnish the emergency services industry (Fire, Police, EMS including private and non-emergency transport)? No absolutely not! The person in question will have their day in court along with the fact his entire livelihood will likely be stripped from him if found guilty. All that hard work down the toilet along with his reputation which is a shame. I am not going to patronize either side as I do not know the facts from fiction of this case. But to bash an entity or an entire company for one person's lack of morality is really insensitive, ignorant, and appalling.
Mark Hameister Mark Hameister Friday, January 06, 2012 2:50:14 PM Sounds like its still an accusation only from a patient that was altered from a head injury and most probably alcohol and other sustances. There is much of this story yet to come. If the evidence proves the accusation, hang him. If it doesn't, there will be a lot of apologies owed.
Gregg Carr Gregg Carr Friday, January 06, 2012 2:52:39 PM I concur, Mark. Good reason for cameras in back, right? Protect the patient, but more importantly, PROTECT THE MEDIC.
Andrew D Collins Andrew D Collins Friday, January 06, 2012 2:53:14 PM Dawna although I respect your right to state your opinion I can not say the same for you ignorance. If you actually understood the process and didn't believe everything the media tells you, you'd know that any sort of possible head injury means being placed on a back board with straps NO exceptions. You not only insult the integrity of EMS providers and myself, but you insult yourself. Private or fire based we are professionals and conduct ourselves as such. The truth well come to light.
Enileska Timarky Enileska Timarky Friday, January 06, 2012 2:53:55 PM I wonder who inspired him to make everyone think he wanted to help people only to F them over.
Michael Meikun Bicanovsky Michael Meikun Bicanovsky Friday, January 06, 2012 2:57:39 PM Private or Public. That is not the issue. That is so ridiculous that you would say that a bunch of bad apples spoils the bunch. There are some good medics and bad medics EVERYWHERE you go. To the issue at hand. One, was she intoxicated? Two, she fell so she should've been backboarded and c-collared. So, yes she should've felt restrained. Three, She fell so she may or may not have had a head injury. She also just woke up so she's very disoriented. She probably was either in the process of being exposed to check for injuries or already exposed. Could you imagine waking up naked restrained and being assessed? Yes, that would feel like something very wrong to someone that does not know how we do our job. It's very sad if he did sexually assault her, but this will most likely get thrown out due to lack of evidence and the fact that she was intoxicated with a head injury. But if he didn't, good for him. Best of luck to all parties involved. It's not a situation I would ever want to be in but one any of us could easily be put into.
Mark Hameister Mark Hameister Friday, January 06, 2012 2:59:54 PM Gregg Carr absolutely. I had mixed feelings about someone watching over my shoulder but i have no problem with someone watching my back.
Kim Meyer Pavek Kim Meyer Pavek Friday, January 06, 2012 3:00:00 PM Were in the Hell was his partner? If it is true, he should lose any license as a paramedic or anything else that has to do with the care of a p.t. these people put 110% trust in us. We are thwr.
Jeff Wilbur Jeff Wilbur Friday, January 06, 2012 3:00:19 PM its sad to know that it only takes accusations to actually kill a mans career.
Garrett Dave Miley Garrett Dave Miley Friday, January 06, 2012 3:01:24 PM He should be shot in the face.
William R. Clark William R. Clark Friday, January 06, 2012 3:01:30 PM Kinda like asking someone, "when did you stop beating your spouse!" Once its said, its said. If proven to be false, liable. Then, hang the lying bastard... I know truth is stranger than fiction but I find this very hard to believe...
John Harrison John Harrison Friday, January 06, 2012 3:01:55 PM I read the article on several different links and unless something isn't being said somewhere, The ONLY evidence is the statement of the patient who had been drunk and passed out at a party before hitting her head .. Very far cry from actual evidence that a crime had been committed. There should be far more than just a statement from a drunk witness to blast this guy in the press like they have
John Harrison John Harrison Friday, January 06, 2012 3:08:09 PM One more question. Since when did federally mandated patient restraints beome "unlawful restraint"? As I read this, any of us, at any time are subject to arrest for "unlawful restraint" if we adhere to federal law and company policy.
Amanda Wilcox Amanda Wilcox Friday, January 06, 2012 3:18:14 PM I agree 100% don't judge an entire organization on one persons actions. That should not change the image of emergency personnel. They are still to be trusted. That one bad apple in the bunch doesn't mean the rest are bad as well.
Matt Ellis Matt Ellis Friday, January 06, 2012 3:18:18 PM This has got to be the most ignorant, narrow-minded comment I've seen in a long time. Do you think that cities and counties that provide ambulance service aren't in it for the money? We do not know all the facts and if the medic is guilty then yes he should be punished. That being said you've have just insulted providers in over 2000 communities. I don't know if you have AMR as your provider, but chances are you will travel and there is the possibility that your life may be in the hands of one of these providers that you have belittled with your ignorance. If what you said were the case I could say that all the nurses at UC Irvine are inexperienced and don't know how to use a medication pump - or that they steal drugs - Glass houses and stones. SOmeone said something about that once.
James Holmes James Holmes Friday, January 06, 2012 3:24:52 PM I don't see how AMR was bashed, aside from mentioning his employer; which by the way, would have been mentioned if he worked anywhere. His actions were unconscionable no matter where he worked and his employer seems to be taking the proper steps to handle the situation. I don't think it's worth getting your panties in a wad over.
David Clinkenbeard David Clinkenbeard Friday, January 06, 2012 3:27:33 PM Also is it possible she was drunk, why didn't she tell the hospital staff. We will have to wait for the facts to come out.
Angie Krueger Jarrett Angie Krueger Jarrett Friday, January 06, 2012 3:31:32 PM These are allegations .... bad publicity for all of us.
Gilberto Mieles Gilberto Mieles Friday, January 06, 2012 3:41:26 PM Why was the p.t. alone???????Why didn't somebody go with her, if she was so badly hurt????????She was released the same day of her injuries???????Yea right..... I only ask to News to go all the way to the final of this. Thanks. Feliz Dia de Reyes a Todos.
Jared Power Jared Power Friday, January 06, 2012 3:42:10 PM Innocent until proven guilty. The opening statement "A paramedic raped a woman as she lay unconscious and strapped to a stretcher in the back of an ambulance on the way to a hospital, police said Friday" is totally absurd. Last I heard someone got a fair trial before they were crucified this way, especially since the mere SUGGESTION will follow him for the rest of his life. Shame on that spokesperson or the writer of this article for damning an EMT based only on the accusation. And I would also like to know what his partner has to say about all this. Stuff like this is what makes me queezy when they send two males on female psych runs. It's their word against yours and all you can do is suffer through it. Oh and Cooper is an idiot.
Gary Peitzmeier Gary Peitzmeier Friday, January 06, 2012 4:04:44 PM This is a prime example of how a woman can simply ruin a man's name simply based on accusation. How many people who have commented on this alone already have crucified the guy, without the facts? I have worked in the field for 9 years now, and I do EVERYTHING I can to avoid situations where there is even the remote chance of accusation, whether it be a family/friend rider, to calling for a female to transport. But there are situations that arise that you just can not avoid. I myself had a situation a few years back, where a teenage girl was drunk and on drugs, started yelling at me in the back how she hated me, while undressing herself. I did my best to throw as many blankets over her as possible, while telling my partner to hit the drive cam a few times. How quick would I have been under the gun if she turns around in an attempt to save face with her parents, friends, ect, and told them I was the one undressing her, ect? Innocent until proven guilty. And unfortunately in todays society. Even when proven innocent, some will still veiw you as guilty.
Blake Duren Blake Duren Friday, January 06, 2012 4:14:36 PM You seem pretty worked up. Hit a little close to home?
Kevin Isaac Names Kevin Isaac Names Friday, January 06, 2012 4:22:35 PM I was an AMR employee here in Tulsa, Ok back in 1997.. I lasted a short time- My issues was never with AMR it was with the City, I was cut out for Rural EMS... But everyday we started at 3:am,we did our jobs as professionaly as I did when I worked for municipal services... There is alot unsaid here to be making harsh judgements and comments like this...
William Talada William Talada Friday, January 06, 2012 4:25:49 PM All other agendas aside, did anyone consider that this pt. may have just been freaked out because she was immobilized and being exposed? This is something all of us are trained to do and is part of protocol for any unresponsive possible trauma victim.
Chase Jaland Lloyd Chase Jaland Lloyd Friday, January 06, 2012 4:27:09 PM You are not only disrespectful but also magnificently ignorant. Your cheap biased opinion and eagerness to express it as such makes professionals in this industry look bad.
MRjeff Ruff MRjeff Ruff Friday, January 06, 2012 4:29:57 PM They need to throw that dude under the prison..
Suzanne Marie Davis Suzanne Marie Davis Friday, January 06, 2012 4:38:20 PM James, i believe Bill is referring to a comment not the actual article...the bashing of AMR was from a readers comments, Dawna Cooper. Dawna implied that all AMR employees are underpaid and undertrained...which for some reason she believed is why the woman got raped. I think that comment is asinine! For starters my husband is highly paid and trained...also a persons income or level of training have nothing to do with if they will rape or not...its a sickness!! A sickness that doctors,lawyers highly educated men have Aldo been accused of!! Dawna's comment was ridiculous and uneducated!!
Douglas J Degruise Douglas J Degruise Friday, January 06, 2012 4:38:24 PM Is there always this much drama at AMR? definitely don't miss that!
Douglas J Degruise Douglas J Degruise Friday, January 06, 2012 4:53:21 PM All I care to say is this. Bill Davis is a personal friend an classmate of mine, I'd trust him with my children's lives, unfortunately I cannot say the same for many many other paramedics in this area. It doesn't matter what service you work at. It matters how you conduct yourself at work. You don't need to be the highest paid person or the most educated but being able to truly care without judgment an have feelings for these people were here to help is what matters most. BILL DAVIS does that.
Johnny Rieke Johnny Rieke Friday, January 06, 2012 5:20:18 PM That's not cool, you have to be a sick person to do that!
Johnny Rieke Johnny Rieke Friday, January 06, 2012 5:24:17 PM I also work full time for a City Fire Department and AMR! Pay has nothing to do with that kind of conduct! EMS has always gotten the short end of the straw public or private.
Sean N Yeni Smiley Sean N Yeni Smiley Friday, January 06, 2012 6:10:33 PM Disgusting if true. Presumed innocent until proven otherwise. Its unfortunate that people have knee jerk reactions and blast their oppionion thru the anonymity of a internet bulletin board. Opinion being said there is the element of sick people in every trade and profession, teachers, police.... the list goes on and on. Sickos are everywhere, I think that a more proactive effort from employers of high stress and public service jobs be mandated to do pre employment and routine psychological exams of their employees in the best interest of the public we serve and our own professional mental health. I have been on some calls that I probably could have used some professional help dealing with, no leatherneck badass John Wayne stuff here, like it or not no matter how stern you think your stuff is, eventually the armor fails. How many of us have had a partner, or heard a wild story about a burnout, or fellow employee not keeping it between the lines. If we were a true respected profession we would all fight harder for our own rights, benefits and pay. I work for a professional paid full time municipal Fd as well as part time for AMR for many years now. Until EMS people band together nationally, become a true and universally respected branch of medicine, unite and fight the fight we will always continue to be the janitors of medicine. I became a Firefighter not because I love firefighting, but I needed a stable, respected profession with true benefit, wage and retirement for my family. Respectfully Sean Smiley
Robert Limpert Robert Limpert Friday, January 06, 2012 6:12:45 PM I have been in private ems for 24 years and currently work for a private co. That is solely responsible for ems for the entire county. 911 and transfers etc. How dare you insult the private sector. We have been doing ems long before the fd's started taking our jobs. This has happened in both sectors private and fire and its also happened with police. So before you comment check your facts. You might get paid better. But that doesent make you better or a better medic. Dumbaxx.
Robert Limpert Robert Limpert Friday, January 06, 2012 6:16:56 PM You are ignorant. You should not be helping people. How dare you insult all because of one. Dumb bitxx
Robert Lindahl Robert Lindahl Friday, January 06, 2012 6:28:01 PM Dawna this has nothing to do with the fact that he was a private provider or that he worked for AMR, my father worked for AMR for many years and both he and I have worked private
Andrew D Collins Andrew D Collins Friday, January 06, 2012 6:28:34 PM I completely agree, and this is why I'm happy we have cameras in the trucks
Robert Lindahl Robert Lindahl Friday, January 06, 2012 6:33:24 PM *damn thing didn't let me finish* Ems for 16 and 21 years respectively and have both covered 911 response for many cities. We have worked with some of the best. Were there knuckleheads? Yeah. Are there knuckleheads in the public services? yep. How about the firefighter from my area that got busted in a kiddie porn sting. Oh yeah oops govt employees aren't perfect.
Robert Limpert Robert Limpert Friday, January 06, 2012 6:42:10 PM Even to tho amr pulled out of detroit a couple of years ago, they were a good co. Its not the company. Its the. Person. They had some of the best in the buisness working there. Now others have them im proud to say im a medic and i work in private ems.
Matt Ray Matt Ray Friday, January 06, 2012 6:59:09 PM This would not be the first time such a false allegation was made against a provider. I'm not forming an opinion at this point, I'll reserve judgement until I see the outcome of the trial.
Ed Stachura Ed Stachura Friday, January 06, 2012 7:02:28 PM Blake Duren Reading hurts doesn't it? I think everything afte the statement "I myself had a situation", should've clued you in.
Jess Bargery Jess Bargery Friday, January 06, 2012 7:02:31 PM She can't move because she's strapped down? I've had loads of patients who are combative and unclip themselves. And I'm assuming she could still scream and shout for help? Or was there a strap across her mouth too? Something doesn't quite ring true about her story.
Donna Ower Donna Ower Friday, January 06, 2012 7:04:24 PM Dawna, you show a clear lack of intelligence. Paramedics graduating from the same school find themselves working in both the public and private ambulance services. I have worked with both sectors and have found brilliant minds on both sides, and a few that I hope don't show up at my house. Bottom line is that we as a profession need to weed out the bad apples and promote professionalism for all. Based on your comments, please do not show up to my house in an emergency.
Heather Lee Heather Lee Friday, January 06, 2012 7:08:35 PM Their is no way this is true. I have worked with him for years. He is a fantastic medic that has worked for AMR for 20+ years and has great Pt. care, has worked for other company's at the same time and volunteered. As to poorly payed.... AMR's in CT are some of the highest payed AMR's in the entire country. Bridgport is first and New Haven second.... Know what your talking about first. BTW all you supposed EMS people. When is the last time you had an unconscious Pt. wake up and be with it right away. Also........ How many of you are doing crappy detailed physical exams for trauma Pt's. It is protocol in CT to remove all the pt's clothing and preform the exam. It is also protocol to board and collar.... I sure wouldn't want a Pt suing me because I A: missed something in a physical exam. Or B: because they were paralyzed for life because I didn't board and collar them. (restraining them if they became violent for their own safety.)
Wayland Slater Wayland Slater Friday, January 06, 2012 7:19:45 PM In an ideal world of EMS there would be two, male & female, Medics tending to the patient. Unfortunately it is not an ideal world. I've worked with one unit volunteer services and I've worked with larger profressiional multi-unit private services, and practically everything in between. You would think to yourself, how in the world could this happen this day and age. But it does, unfortunately. You could not/ can not explain thsee actions in this space allowed here, or even in a large volume of medical/psychological thesis. As long as humans can act human, you won't have an absolute accurate reason for this unexcusable act. I know it can't always be done, but if at all possible, have two techs. One male, one female. Not only perform your skills to the best of your abilities, but as professionalbly as possible. Don't give anyone an excuse to make an excuse ore complaint. Whether you are paid or volunteer, the one word is "professionalism". No matter what your job is....trash collector or Pressident of the United States, it's "Professioalism" is what every person should strive for.
Tim Stahl Tim Stahl Friday, January 06, 2012 7:28:12 PM Man i agree with everything you said Sean but the sad truth is pretty much anyone can shine up well and say all the right things I'n interviews and have a spotless background but they are very corrupt on the inside ! It's very hard to know who someone truly is ! Don't let a few bad apples spoil the bunch of great ones like yourself and others !
Warren Moore Warren Moore Friday, January 06, 2012 7:41:22 PM THis is one sick bastard. It could have been someone from any type of agency. Doesn't matter what type of agency this recreant prick came from. If the allegations are true, he should go to jail for a long, long time. Don't take this to some jr. hi level. We are all pretty much the same whether we work for 3rd service, private, or whatever.
Verna Monson Verna Monson Friday, January 06, 2012 7:48:41 PM Disgusting. Sociopathic.
Sheila Dobson Sheila Dobson Friday, January 06, 2012 7:56:38 PM What a shame and disgrace to all EMS personel.
Mark Hameister Mark Hameister Friday, January 06, 2012 8:06:01 PM Me too Willy.
Randy Fugate Randy Fugate Friday, January 06, 2012 8:15:54 PM I realize many of you are quite young in this business these days, and as such you are conditioned to accept without challenge the socialist idea of having cameras everywhere to keep the "subjects" in check. Too bad just being a person of integrity isn't enough, and we all get punished for the foolishness of one person. I, for one, feel it appalling that there is even a remote need for having cameras in the back of an ambulance. If this case is proven to be true, this guy needs to be punished beyond the punishment normally issued to a rapist. The violation of public trust and the act of raping a person should be rewarded with a life sentence where this man could experience first hand the horror of his crime, over and over and over.
Bill Anderson Bill Anderson Friday, January 06, 2012 9:28:57 PM Sounds like a disgruntled AMR ex-employee or an FD EMS advocate. I worked for AMR at three different locations and saw none of this behavior. As far as the capabilities of private ambulances, we care more about patient care than some FD based services. Our main focus is patient care. FiD medics are usually more fire focused and do EMS because that's what the city wants. If she had a head injury she could have halucinated the event. How anout we wait for the investigation before we start making blind, stupid accusations? If ignorance is bliss you must be an extremely happy camper.....
Arthur Collins Arthur Collins Friday, January 06, 2012 10:07:10 PM kim you shouldnt judge thee poor guy until you know the facts.
Jerry Proctor Jerry Proctor Friday, January 06, 2012 10:10:18 PM I really hope that this is B.S. I've been with E.M.S. for about 15 yrs. and NEVER heard of this happing. Just hope they "fry" the right person.
Arthur Collins Arthur Collins Friday, January 06, 2012 10:13:42 PM well in this case there is dna to find out if the customer is right or not.
Arthur Collins Arthur Collins Friday, January 06, 2012 10:50:34 PM first off it wasnt unlawful restraint so chief thomas wydra get your shit together your a police chief you of all people should know that. as an ems provider you have to follow protocalls. now for a head neck or back injury you must have the victim totaly imobileized wich means you have to restrain that person from moving any part of there body so that they don't further injure themselves. if you fail to do so not only will you be held responsible but so wont the company you are with be held responsible. an ems provider is taking a big risk doing there job not only can the company be sued but the person who provided the care can be too. I use to be an ems provider on our local and it was vol. I took pride in it and I respect all ems providers out there.
Travis M Williams Travis M Williams Saturday, January 07, 2012 5:32:43 AM u all suck.
Travis M Williams Travis M Williams Saturday, January 07, 2012 5:33:46 AM thats wat im saying dumbfuck didnt even see it come on unless he was in on it to ...
Travis M Williams Travis M Williams Saturday, January 07, 2012 5:42:35 AM o give me a break im with the girl there so many professionals like police fire and medcs that do dumb shit plan in simply there own fault you hear police raped this girl and that girl just because there the law or w.e that there protected well there not srry thats the way it is and he messed up i hope the baster gets life ....
Johnny Rieke Johnny Rieke Saturday, January 07, 2012 6:10:17 AM Well Said Sean!
Selena Schmidt Selena Schmidt Saturday, January 07, 2012 7:10:08 AM John Harrison I agree...he should not have been charged officially without the evidence FIRST. Gosh...I have had this type of patient a hundred times. She could be telling the truth but maybe not. Labs should prove it. One thing I don't understand is why she didn't report it to the hospital. Weird...
Tamara Annette Robinson Tamara Annette Robinson Saturday, January 07, 2012 9:11:15 AM Wow, Dawna..... Shame on you for being so iggnorant. And normally I would not be so forth right with that feeling. Few things, I worked for AMR for about 7-8 years. I was we'll paid, well trained and and did the best 911 of my life. Thanks. I've been a paramedic for almost 10 years and been on a ambulance for 13. I cont to work for private ambulance service to this day. How dare you assume that just because I or anyone else works for a private service that they are not properly trained. In fact, I can bet that prvates are a little smarter than municipal providers due to the fact that we run a lot of critical care runs. Now don't take that like I'm calling municpal stupid, but there is just a dfferent knowledge base. I hope you, Dawna, feel insulted for even letting that statement cme across your lips.....
Michael McAfee Michael McAfee Saturday, January 07, 2012 9:50:34 AM or unless it didn't happen. Let's wait to see what the investigation reveals. any one of us could be accused of anything. That doesn't mean that the accuser is malicious, she was unconscious and woke up strapped down. She was probably freaked out. Also, doesn't mean that it didn't happen, either. My point, the paramedic is accused and now we have people accusing the driver of being in on it.
Lindsey Humphrey Winslett Lindsey Humphrey Winslett Saturday, January 07, 2012 9:56:51 AM I too have worked for private ambulance companies as well as for AMR! You cannot blame one company for one bad seed. I underwent more stringent background/drug checks then most police do. You obviously have no clue what truely goes on in Fire/EMS. Shame we had to waste our time reading your idiotic post.
Teri Schuessler Sutton Teri Schuessler Sutton Saturday, January 07, 2012 10:53:58 AM Williams Travis ... please don't use that kind of language ... makes you look stupid and really doesn't add anything to the conversation.
Wayne Smith Wayne Smith Saturday, January 07, 2012 10:59:34 AM I've read the story and read the comments. Who ever wrote this sucks, it portrays this medic to be "GUILTY" already. As for some of the comments , some of you make the same claim. From what I read there is a extreme lack of evidence and pure speculation. To this Cooper person- Who the hell are you? What right do you have to make comments about a company that appears you have no clue about? There are bad seeds in every company and at every level. Every agency in the country has really good providers and not so good providers. So do yourself a favor ; get some education, factual information on companies before you slain there good name, and take down your ridiculous comment.
Candace Walker Candace Walker Saturday, January 07, 2012 12:37:30 PM Yeah, let's label over 100,000+ private abulance employees for a 5 minute ambulance transport! You should be absolutely ashamed of yourself. I KNOW MANY EMS MEN AND WOMEN THAT HAVE GIVEN THEIR LIVES TO SAVE ANOTHER AND COUNTLESS OTHERS THAT RISK INJURY AND SICKNESS TO PROVIDE THE HIGHEST LEVEL OF CARE POSSIBLE. YOU MIGHT HAS WELL HAVE SPIT ON THOSE GRAVES. I really wish you would speak back on this forum and possibly clarify what you mean or at least do research before you spout off and let the media do your thinking for you. Been an AMR employee in California for over three years and have never been treated better and with more respect. SHAME ON YOU!
William Hill Sr. William Hill Sr. Saturday, January 07, 2012 12:48:23 PM let us not judge the paramedic or AMR. AMR in Evansville Indiana is a upstanding service. Great training, oversight, a&r and I don't work for them. I am retired Paramedic that rode with them almost 12 years ago and every medic I rode with taught me alot. So lets leave AMR out of it please. I say lets see the evidence.
Kathy Jenkins Kathy Jenkins Saturday, January 07, 2012 2:32:00 PM I don't believe anything a younger women says today and I advice you all to turn a deaf ear to it also. I have seen from experience that women will accuse a man of anything and could care less if it is true or not. I am a women and I will tell you that we all have an evil gene and women was the beginning of the problems on this Planet. I know some of you are not going to like what I have just said about women "but it is what it is". Most of the young ladies of today are self centered and could care less about anything other than themselves. They want to much attention and drama in there lives. These "RAPE" allegations that women and ladies are making needs to be stopped! I am not saying that there are ladies out there that are not getting raped because we know it happens. But it is much to easy for a lady to that is scorned or jealous or wants drama in her life to scream "RAPE"! For God sakes people the laws need to be changed!
Debbie Gunter Carden Debbie Gunter Carden Saturday, January 07, 2012 2:35:25 PM Unbelievable!
Shannon Kisch Shannon Kisch Saturday, January 07, 2012 2:37:49 PM thank you.
Clint Wheeless Clint Wheeless Saturday, January 07, 2012 5:17:29 PM "Innocent until proven guilty." However, when someone is accused, the majority carelessly throw around statements that undermine this. Let's take it from the top. Someone has been accused of something. He is a fellow public servant. I have no idea if the alligation is true or false. I would be very upset if I was the accused and had to experience loss of respect from my peers, family, and personal friends because of ignorance. We owe it to our fellow servants to base opinions on fact. If such opinions do harm, keep them to ourselves. We must support them. A false accusation could be made against any one of us at any time. The careless comments of others could leave a career in ruin if this man is found innocent of accusations that were made by a patient suffering from trauma secondary to suspected "Poisioning", intoxication, and/or substance abuse/use. "Innocent until proven guilty".
Kendra Straley Kendra Straley Saturday, January 07, 2012 6:56:20 PM Jerry Don't say I didn't tell you, you need to hurry and go here , this store is messing up, right now they aren't charging people. I just checked out and recieved an aple i paddd. Hurrys before it'ss repaired!
Tomisha Moore Tomisha Moore Saturday, January 07, 2012 11:58:14 PM This is embarrassing.
Kyle Hall Kyle Hall Sunday, January 08, 2012 5:14:06 AM @ Dawna Cooper, Lady you need to go suck start a shotgun, deep throat a chainsaw, or just plain jump off a tall building. The actions of this one individual, whether he is guilty or not, does not reflect the whole of AMR. If it wasn't for an AMR medic 3 good friends of mine would not be here today. Also have you ever been put into a backboard, strapped to a gurney, and your head in a neck brace? There is 100% NO POSSIBLE WAY that you can gain access easily to a female patients "lady parts" to do anything like this. The dumb ass made it up and she will fry for it. SO before you go jumping to conclusions, know what the fuck you're talking about. Or be like all the other ignorant band wagoners and go making your "expert" calls. God, people like you should have been a postpartum abortion.
Rossana Rossi Rossana Rossi Sunday, January 08, 2012 8:46:02 AM !!!
Mike Moses Mike Moses Sunday, January 08, 2012 9:08:11 AM If there is no forensic evidence then its time to bring out the polygraphs for the medic and the alleged victim.
Erica Schulte Erica Schulte Sunday, January 08, 2012 6:01:25 PM ok, lets analyze this... you receive a call for a head injury for a young female at a party. upon arriving, you find the patient UNCONSCIOUS, due to a fall, with a concussion. you and your partner immobilize the patient per protocols (C-Spine and backboard), and load her into the ambulance on a stretcher, strapped down, per the LAW. (even babies have to be strapped down in a child seat strapped onto the stretcher, so this lady was no exception.) PER YOUR TRAINING as a MEDIC, you perform a head-to-toe assessment and gather vital signs. mid-way through the assessment, the patient (who is presumably drunk, since she was at a HOLIDAY PARTY) becomes conscious. at this point, the now-conscious patient is probably freaking out, because the last place she remembers being is at a holiday party with friends/family/coworkers/etc, and is now strapped to a backboard, unable to move or remember why she's there, and you are in the process of searching for any other injuries with a head-to-toe exam. the medic (probably, but I don't know for sure) may have explained that she had fallen, and that an ambulance was called for her safety, and that she is now being taken to the hospital to check for any other head injuries, and probably got any other information (SAMPLE history, etc) that he needed, so that he could pass that info to the nurses at the hospital. It was only AFTER she was released from the hospital that she called the police. no, not while she was AT the hospital, but probably after she got back to the party, where she got it in her stupid mind that "hey, he was touching me in the ambulance!". she probably was a little embarrassed that she had fallen and had to be taken to the hospital at a party, and wanted to "get revenge" because she mistook the head-to-toe assessment for "sexual assault". at least, that's usually how 22-year-old females think. especially if they happen to be drunk. personally, I think that she didn't know what was going on, and decided to "cry wolf" instead of actually using her brain to figure it out. I may be considered naive, but I believe that every medic is in this career field because helping people is something that they like to do, and I trust that no medic would intentionally harm another person in the process of doing their job. yes, I know that I sound very naive, but that's my opinion, as a 26 y/o. I just hope that the people in charge of reviewing this case look carefully into the actions of this woman, before believing her words. she was at a party. she's 22, so she was probably drinking pretty hard. it was 3am, and she fell down, hit her head, and lost consciousness. she is not going to know where she is for a few minutes! common sense, people. seriously.
Jeffrey Wilson Messer Jeffrey Wilson Messer Sunday, January 08, 2012 6:06:55 PM Don't be so quick to judge her
MaryJo Duval Nilsson MaryJo Duval Nilsson Monday, January 09, 2012 5:17:48 AM DISGUSTING! Couldn't the driver see what was happening?
Sherry Fowler Sherry Fowler Monday, January 09, 2012 5:36:18 AM John Harrison How can they trash him in the press with no evidence? How can the Chief of Police give a public statement in the manner that he has with no evidence? Three words for you--Duke Lacrosse Trial. They dont NEED no stinkin' evidence, they are the PRESS!!
Jonathan Blatman Jonathan Blatman Monday, January 09, 2012 8:23:06 AM Dawna - I take serious offense at what you've said. This isn't an AMR issue at all. It's an issue of a provider, alone in the back, what has been ACCUSED of something. Is there any evidence? As for background check? I've seen privates, including AMR, that have a more rigorous application process than comparable public agencies. Experience? I work with some GREAT medics at AMR, many of whom have advanced training and years of experience.
Jonathan P Monaghan Jonathan P Monaghan Monday, January 09, 2012 9:05:15 AM John Harrison this i why cameras in the backs of the rigs are a great way to keep accusations like this down

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