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Baltimore police investigate death of off-duty paramedic

Paramedic Shaney Warehime was hospitalized on Feb. 11, after she had stopped breathing

By Dan Belson
Baltimore Sun

BALTIMORE — A Baltimore Fire Department paramedic died this week after being hospitalized Sunday when she stopped breathing, according to police.

Funeral arrangements for Shaney Warehime, a 38-year-old who joined the department in September of 2018, are forthcoming, the fire agency said in a Thursday announcement on social media that she had died.

Baltimore Police homicide detectives are investigating the paramedic’s death. A police spokesperson noted their probe is not a homicide investigation, and that the homicide unit investigates “all death and serious assault cases.”

A spokesperson for the Office of the Chief Medical Examiner, which determines the cause and manner of unexpected deaths statewide, said Thursday afternoon that the unit had not yet received Warehime’s body for an autopsy.

Officers responded to the 1600 block of Light Street just before 2:30 a.m. Sunday and found off-duty firemen performing CPR on Warehime, who was lying on the ground, police wrote in an incident report.

Warehime had been at a bar, “The Night Shift,” with two friends earlier that night, and the group went back in a vehicle to one of their houses, a friend of the off-duty paramedic told police. When they arrived at the house in South Baltimore, Warehime’s friends noticed that the 38-year-old had stopped breathing, telling police she “had consumed alcohol at the level that she needed assistance to exit the vehicle,” the report says.

Warehime was taken to Shock Trauma, and then to a critical care unit in stable critical condition, police wrote.

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