August 21, 2017

Review Category : PNN Daily News

Monday, August 21, 2017

** UK ambulance sprayed with graffiti while medics attend emergency call

** Former California paramedic turned firefighter shot to death in San Jose


** West Midlands police in Birmingham are investigating after an ambulance on an emergency call was emblazoned with graffiti while medics treated a patient. The Sentinel (Matt Simpson/August 19) said the undated incident resulted in the EMS unit being taken out of service. An EMS spokesman said police will be reviewing closed circuit television video to see if they can identify the culprits. Because the vandalism was not discovered until the ambulance returned to its base, the patient was not affected.


** Colleagues of a former California paramedic turned firefighter, who was shot dead Thursday in San Jose, escorted his body back to Oakland Friday for burial. NBC (Ian Cull/August 19) said the procession for Jake Walter, 30, saw several emergency vehicles participate, as well as coworkers who lined the road to pay their respects. According to the newspaper, Walter succumbed to his injuries after being shot at a family friendly event at the Gordon Biersch Brewery. A second firefighter continues to recover in hospital. Police arrested a suspect shortly after the incident. San Jose resident Oliver Junio has been charged with both murder and attempted murder. There is no word on the suspect’s motivation for the killing.

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Friday, August 18, 2017

** Colorado paramedic sues police force after police raid home searching for marijuana


** A Colorado paramedic from Fountain is suing the city’s police force after the latter raided his home in search of marijuana and took his guns. That is the word from The Denver Post (Kirk Mitchell/August 17) which said Eli Olivas, who is a former combat medic and Bronze Star recipient, is seeking $100,000 in compensatory damages. He is also looking to get his AK-47, 5.56 mm Sig Sauer rifle, and Glock 17 returned. According to the newspaper, Olivas and his girlfriend Marisela Chavez claim the police department was negligent in not properly training officers on legal marijuana issues. Olivas is a registered medical marijuana patient who uses the drug to treat PTSD from his time in Bosnia. SWAT officers raided his home on July 22, 2016 using flash bang grenades and assault rifles.

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Thursday, August 17, 2017

** Quebec medics protest stalled contract talks by painting graffiti on ambulances


** Quebec paramedics in Gatineau are apparently protesting slow contract negotiations by painting ambulances with cartoon characters. That is the word from The Ottawa Citizen (Tom Spears/August 16) which said some 30 different EMS units have been emblazoned with the graffiti. According to the newspaper, stripes, splotches, and tie dyed patterns are included in the mix, as are Ghostbusters like displays. The ambulance artwork is being dubbed a rolling protest sign. The latest collective agreement expired in March of 2015.

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