** Tennessee paramedic/firefighter’s death ruled a homicide
UNITED STATES NEWS
** Tennessee police in Nashville have ruled the March death of a paramedic/firefighter a homicide. That is the word from the Associated Press (June 12) which said Jesse Reed, 32, drowned in the Tennessee River but also suffered blunt force injuries prior to dying. According to the news service, Reed’s vehicle plunged into the river on March 6th, with his remains not being found until March 17th. His wife, who was apparently in the car with him, managed to flee to safety. Autopsy results showed Reed’s blood alcohol level as .305 or over three times the legal limit. A US Marine Corps veteran, Reed worked for the Nashville Fire Department as a fireman, as well as pulling shifts for Metro EMS as a paramedic/firefighter (Jesse Reed obituary in The Tennessean). He also worked EMS for Cheatham County EMS and for Pleasant View Volunteer Fire Department. He leaves his wife Mary Ellen, three step-sons, parents, and extended family behind. Police continue to investigate.