SC EMS chief fired in wake of self-published book

He was placed on paid administrative leave July 14, and terminated Monday for an unspecified reason

The Post and Courier

CHARLESTON, S.C. — Charleston County’s chief paramedic was fired Monday in the wake of a self-published book that described some EMS employees as “life-sucking, energy-draining bags of annoying hell.”

Don Lundy has served as the county’s EMS director since 2000 but had been on paid administrative leave for the past two weeks. On July Fourth, he self-published “Paramedic of the Heart: True Stories of Lives Changed” on, according to a webpage for the book.

Lundy said he is bewildered about the reason given Monday for the termination, but he wouldn’t say what prompted the move. The county also has not specified why he was placed on leave or let go.

Read full story: Charleston County EMS director ‘shocked and saddened’ about firing

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