June 24, 2017

Review Category : PNN Daily News

Friday, June 23, 2017

** FDNY medic with ties to Hells Angels arrested for criminal mischief

UNITED STATES NEWS

** New York City police arrested a Fire Department of New York (FDNY) paramedic Wednesday for allegedly slashing the tires of a vehicle double parked in front of a gang clubhouse. The New York Post (Tina Moore/June 22) said Christopher Felix, 25, who may be member of Hells Angels, was charged with criminal mischief Thursday. According to the newspaper, Felix allegedly knifed the tires around 9:30 p.m. The car was making a delivery at the time. There is no word on upcoming court dates.

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Thursday, June 22, 2017

** Detroit medics given largest raise in 4 decades

** UK medic sacked from practicing after posting pics of emergency scenes on Facebook

UNITED STATES NEWS

** Michigan paramedics in Detroit are apparently about to get the largest raise in over 45 years. That is the word from The Detroit Free Press (Christine Ferretti/June 21) which said a three year collective bargaining agreement amendment would see EMS practitioners get a 4 per cent wage hike. According to the newspaper, the agreement was ratified Monday. Detroit City Council approved the deal the following day. Some 213 EMS Division staff will get the increase which will be funded by savings in another department. In January, a new attendance incentive program could also up wages. The raise, while modest by most standards, comes at a time when Detroit is only starting to claw itself out of bankruptcy.

UNITED KINGDOM NEWS

** An Essex paramedic has been suspended from practicing entirely after apparently posting pictures of car crashes and other emergency scenes on his Facebook page. The East Anglian Daily Times (Adam Howlett/June 21) said East of England Ambulance Service practitioner Simon Williams posted the snaps to interest people in an online jewelry business. According to the newspaper, Williams, who resides in Clacton, was initially suspended for 12 months starting last June. The Health and Care Professions Council (HCPC), however, made the suspension permanent after determining the misconduct was a danger to the public. Williams did not attend a June 14th hearing into the matter. HCPC spokesman Ian Comfort said there was no evidence Williams had ever addressed the issues that led to his suspension.

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Wednesday, June 21, 2017

** Former Scottish Ambulance Service medic given slap on the wrist for stalking, terrorizing two ex-girlfriends

UNITED KINGDOM NEWS

** A former Scottish Ambulance Service medic from Glasgow will not be going to jail despite stalking and threatening two former girlfriends. That is the word from The Mirror (Sally Hind/June 20) which said Eddie McGarrell avoided incarceration by claiming his actions were motivated by post traumatic stress disorder (PTSD). According to the newspaper, McGarrell, 53, was given 300 hours of unpaid community work as a sentence. Victim Pauline Spy said the sentence was a joke, given that McGarrell terrorized two different families with his actions. Spy said he posed as a gangster known as the Big Bad Wolf, sending her threatening text messages in 2014-15. He vandalized her car and warned of an impending attack on her. McGarrell, meanwhile, pretended sympathy for Spy, saying the texts were likely from criminals targeting her business. McGarrell has a history of violence with previous paramours. In 1995, he assaulted a nurse, while in 2012 he kicked the same woman and her daughter. He was fired from his EMS job in 2004 for allegedly attacking a bystander.

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