February 23, 2018

Review Category : PNN Daily News

Friday, February 23, 2018

** Pennsylvania EMT caught in child sex sting; charged

UNITED STATES NEWS

** A Pennsylvania EMT from Warminster, who was nabbed in a police sting operation, has been tagged with multiple charges after allegedly arranging to meet an underage girl for sex. That is the word from 6 ABC (February 22) which said Charles Amer, 46, has been charged with luring, attempted sexual assault, attempted criminal sexual contact, and attempted endangering the welfare of a child. According to the news service, Amer was still in his medic uniform when he drove to meet what he thought was a 14-year-old girl in South Jersey. The “child” however turned out to be an undercover cop. At the time of his arrest, Amer worked for 4 separate EMS agencies, including Belmed Ambulance, Healthfleet Ambulance, Keystone Quality Transport Company, and Warrington Community Ambulance. There is no word on his upcoming court date.

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Thursday, February 22, 2018

** Urgences Sante medics in Quebec start 48 hour strike action

CANADA NEWS

** Paramedics with Urgences Sante in Quebec began a 48 hour strike action Wednesday night. CTV Montreal (February 21) said the initiative comes at a time when medics have been without a contract since March 31, 2015. According to the news station, paperwork bans and a refusal to do non emergent interfacility transfers is part of the protest. Several other non essential tasks will also be boycotted. The EMS union involved in the action represents 3,600 paramedics, dispatchers, and other EMS personnel in both Montreal and Laval.

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Wednesday, February 21, 2018

** UK woman’s fine for nasty note on ambulance angers patient’s family

UNITED KINGDOM NEWS 

** A West Midlands patient’s family are decrying a court’s light sentence for a neighbor who harassed paramedics with profanity and a nasty note as they attempted to treat the ill woman. That is the word from The Bristol Post (February 21) which quoted the husband of Tunstall resident Christine Heath as saying the 120 pound fine handed to Kirsty Sharman was ridiculous. Brian Heath, 66, who has a restraining order against Sharman, said the incident has depressed his wife who remains in hospital suffering from respiratory issues. Sharman issued her foul missive after the EMS unit stationed itself in a parking spot outside her home earlier this week. The profanity laced writing demanded medics move their van. When one of the practitioners went outside to retrieve some equipment, she then let loose with verbal abuse as well. Sharman admitted in court to a charge of using threatening words or behavior. Along with the fine, she was tasked with paying 135 pounds in costs and a 35 pound surcharge. A spokesman for the West Midlands Ambulance Service, meanwhile, said they were satisfied with the case’s outcome and hoped it would serve as a deterrence for future incidents.

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