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SC officials: EMT failed to take ethics class after allegedly posting photo of dead patient

The former Greenwood County EMT had his certification suspended for an additional two years in connection with the alleged 2018 photo incident

By Laura French

GREENWOOD COUNTY, S.C. — A South Carolina EMT accused of taking a photo of a deceased patient’s body and posting it on Facebook in 2018 has had his certification suspended for an additional two years after reportedly failing to take a mandated ethics class.

The South Carolina Department of Health and Environmental Control (DHEC) said in a report on Oct. 8, 2020 that former Greenwood County EMT Trevor Sizemore had still not completed the NAEMT Principles of Ethics and Personal Leadership course, even after receiving an extension past the initial 12 month period in which he was supposed to take it, according to the Index-Journal. As a result, Sizemore’s suspension will remain in place for at least another two years, and continue beyond that until he supplies evidence that he has completed the class.

Sizemore had been ordered to take the class as part of the sanctions he received from the DHEC in 2018 for allegedly posting a photograph of a deceased patient with a gunshot wound to the head on Facebook. Sizemore was terminated from Greenwood County EMS after the investigation. Sizemore denied ever posting the photo but signed a consent order agreeing to the sanctions on Nov. 2, 2018.