** Funeral services held for Utah flight medic killed in Nevada air ambulance crash
** UK paramedic impersonator convicted of fraud; sentenced to community service
UNITED STATES NEWS
** Funeral services were held Monday in Utah for flight medic Jake Shepherd,24, who was killed November 18th in an Elko, Nevada air ambulance crash. The Deseret News (Ben Lockhart/November 28) said the commemoration at Nibley’s LDS Stake Center included the presence of an honor guard, bagpiper, and drum corps. Shepherd, who left a wife and three small children behind, was remembered as an honorable, kind, and selfless man who loved to better himself through study. Friends and family also noted he had a good sense of humour and loved practical jokes. Shepherd, who was also a critical care paramedic and volunteer firefighter, died alongside flight nurse Tiffany Urresti and pilot Yuji Irie, 63.
UNITED KINGDOM NEWS
** A Basingstoke, Hampshire man has been ordered to perform 120 hours of community service after attempting to steal confidential documents from London Ambulance Service’s Waterloo headquarters. The Evening Standard (Tristan Krik/November 28) said Andrew Vincent, 30, who was known to have previously impersonated a paramedic, attempted his ruse on April 21st of last year. According to the newspaper, Vincent was seeking a resource file containing staff phone numbers and addresses, as well as call signs, emergency incident numbers, and community response schemes. Police say he entered the headquarters around 8 p.m. after convincing a security guard to let him in. He then wandered around before asking for the resource file which raised the suspicions of an on-site manager. Once police were called, a search of his home found an EMS name tag, uniform jacket, and epaulets. Along with community service, Vincent is now subject to a restraining order to keep him away from ambulance service buildings. Speaking to the fraud by false presentation conviction, prosecutor Ivan Clarke said Vincent had a dangerous obsession with all matters EMS.