October 16, 2017

** South Carolina bureaucrat quits after calling suicide an option for medics who hate their jobs

** Pennsylvania woman given jail term after stabbing paramedic in the chest

UNITED STATES NEWS

** A South Carolina bureaucrat from Richland County has resigned after telling a gathering of medics suicide was an option if they didn’t like their jobs. That is the word from WYFF4 (August 14) which said County Administrator for Public Safety Kevin Bronson pulled the plug on his job yesterday. According to the news site, Bronson’s comments sparked an immediate backlash from emergency services workers. It also prompted outrage from the first responder crisis management group Debrief Incorporated. Bronson’s former employer at Richland County said his words were intolerable and violated the county policy of making employees feel valued and respected.

** A Pennsylvania woman from Harrisburg is heading to jail for up to 3 years after stabbing a paramedic in the chest who was trying to help her two years ago. Pennsylvania Live (Matt/Miller/August 14) said Juanee Crawford, 28, was handed the term Monday in a plea deal.  According to the news site, a drunk Crawford attacked medic Zachary Myers on Thanksgiving Day in 2015. Myers, who was wearing a bulletproof vest at the time, escaped injury. The plea deal resulted after Myers agreed to Crawford’s attempted murder charge being downgraded to aggravated assault if she pleaded guilty. Aggravated assault and child endangerment tags relating to a July 2016 matter involving her son were also withdrawn. Crawford’s lawyer said her client takes responsibility for her actions, has quit drinking, and has secured employment for after she serves her prison term. Along with incarceration, Crawford will also face 5 years probation when she gets out.

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