January 16, 2021


Friday, January 15, 2021

** Female Alberta paramedic charged with drunk driving while in ambulance


** A female Alberta paramedic, 24, from Vegreville has been charged with impaired driving after allegedly steering an ambulance the wrong way down Highway 16 January 2nd. That is the word from Global News (Sarah Komadina/January 14) which said the 9 p.m. incident near Ranfurly played out while the EMS unit was loaded with an elderly patient. According to the site, another driver called the Royal Canadian Mounted Police (RCMP) to complain. The medic has been charged with impaired driving of a motor vehicle x 1 and impaired driving of a motor vehicle over .08 x 1. Although the practitioner has not been identified by name, a spokesman for Medavie Health Services West said she has been suspended pending the outcome of both an internal investigation and the court case. The woman’s next court appearance is set for March 22nd in Vegreville.

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Red Deer, Alberta – Mayor says dispatching change will highlight city’s ambulance shortage

Hamilton, Ontario – Paramedic on trial says he feels partially responsible for death of teen killed by gunshot

McAllen, Texas – Officials say not enough first responders have received COVID-19 vaccine

Muskogee, Oklahoma – Shortage of ambulances due to COVID causing police to drive medics to calls

Wigan, UK – All hands on deck as ambulance chiefs move to highest alert level as pandemic leaves paramedics under extreme pressure

Dublin, Republic of Ireland – Paramedics have COVID-19 vaccination appointments cancelled

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Thursday, January 14, 2021

** Minnesota flags lowered to half staff to honor life of EMT killed by COVID-19


** Minnesota flags at state and federal facilities will fly at half mast today to honor the life of a paramedic who died from COVID-19 January 7th. That is the word form the International Falls Journal (January 14) which said the order by Gov. Tim Walz will pay tribute to Mille Lacs resident Toby Lee Rowan, 47. During his career, Rowan worked EMS in Hastings, Deer River, Grand Rapids, and Crosby. At the time of his death he was employed with CRMC and the Mille Lacs Health System. He leaves to mourn a wife, two sons, two daughters, his parents, siblings, and two grandchildren. Funeral services are set for today in Crosslake.

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