October 25, 2020

Review Category : PNN Daily News

Thursday, October 15, 2020

** Charges leveled in 2019 case of Nevada based US Navy corpsman shot and killed at party


** Nevada police in Las Vegas have finally charged someone in the summer 2019 death of US Navy corpsman Michael Vincent De Leon, 30. KTNV (October 15) said the person, who is also a corpsman, has been charged with dereliction of duty resulting in death. Other individuals are also being investigated (Jennifer Kastner/10News/September 24). The development is an important one, given that De Leon’s family were originally led to believe his demise at the Twentynine Palms military base in California was a suicide. Though information remains sketchy, what is known is that De Leon and other corpsman were at a house party at the time of the shooting. Someone dry-fired a weapon at him once during horse play before he was fatally shot. A Marine spokesman declined to provide the names of both the charged individual and other persons of interest. No upcoming hearing on the matter has yet been set.

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Wednesday, October 14, 2020

** Ottawa gets new paramedic chief


** Ottawa has a new paramedic service chief. CBC News (October 13) said Pierre Poirier, who was formerly the city’s manager of security and emergency management, will now take on the role. According to the news site, Poirier takes over from deputy chief Peter Kelly who was in the role temporarily. He replaces Miles Cassidy who was hired in 2017 and who has vacated the position under unknown circumstances. Poirier, who is the executive director of the Paramedic Association of Canada, also served as a deputy chief in Ottawa. He has an MBA from the University of Alberta and has worked as a paramedic.

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Tuesday, October 13, 2020

** NY paramedics seeing renewed rise in COVID-19 help hails as fears for second wave grow


** Amongst an expected fall uptick in COVID-19 cases comes news that New York City paramedics are indeed seeing a rise in help hails for coronavirus cases. That is the word from the Brooklyn Reader (October 13 ) which said the increase is stirring anxiety for prehospital workers besieged in the early days of the pandemic. According to the newspaper, 911 callers are complaining of fever, cough, and trouble breathing. At least one COVID cardiac arrest has also been noted, a common condition noted in March and April. Medics say several of those requesting assistance have been younger people. No official stats on the matter have been released.

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