Employee who OK’d ambulance for Bahamas prom suspended

A Public Hospitals Authority statement called the use of the ambulance for a girl’s arrival to the dance “despicable”

ABACO ISLANDS, Bahamas — A Public Hospitals Authority employee involved in granting a teenage girl the use of an ambulance for the arrival to her prom has been suspended.

The PHA said in a statement it was “despicable” that an ambulance was used in this instance and that disciplinary action has been taken, Tribune 242 reports

“The Public Hospitals Authority finds it despicable that an ambulance under the management of the Authority was used in the execution of a prom event in Marsh Harbour, Abaco at the weekend,” the statement reads. “The use of the ambulance is in direct contravention of the rules regarding the dispatching and use of emergency vehicles which should be dispatched solely for the purpose of medical transport.

“All EMTs and ambulance drivers are well aware of the rules that govern the engagement of emergency vehicles. The Public Hospitals Authority has undertaken disciplinary action regarding the incident and further action may result following the conclusion of an investigation.”

Russell said she’s an artist inspired by fairy tales, and her arrival was in response to a contest for “Best Entrance” to the prom. She said the media attention has been bittersweet due to the criticism, and that she won’t apologize for her creativity.  

“My hope for this theme was genuinely and solely to win best entrance by my unique style of entry,” Russell said, “and not for some of the negative attention and exposure it has received.”

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