** UK ambulance sprayed with graffiti while medics attend emergency call
** Former California paramedic turned firefighter shot to death in San Jose
UNITED KINGDOM NEWS
** West Midlands police in Birmingham are investigating after an ambulance on an emergency call was emblazoned with graffiti while medics treated a patient. The Sentinel (Matt Simpson/August 19) said the undated incident resulted in the EMS unit being taken out of service. An EMS spokesman said police will be reviewing closed circuit television video to see if they can identify the culprits. Because the vandalism was not discovered until the ambulance returned to its base, the patient was not affected.
UNITED STATES NEWS
** Colleagues of a former California paramedic turned firefighter, who was shot dead Thursday in San Jose, escorted his body back to Oakland Friday for burial. NBC (Ian Cull/August 19) said the procession for Jake Walter, 30, saw several emergency vehicles participate, as well as coworkers who lined the road to pay their respects. According to the newspaper, Walter succumbed to his injuries after being shot at a family friendly event at the Gordon Biersch Brewery. A second firefighter continues to recover in hospital. Police arrested a suspect shortly after the incident. San Jose resident Oliver Junio has been charged with both murder and attempted murder. There is no word on the suspect’s motivation for the killing.