August 8, 2022

Review Category : PNN Daily News

Tuesday, July 19, 2022

** Alabama police arrest EMT for impersonating police officer


** Alabama police in Scottsboro have charged an EMT with impersonating a police officer. That is the word from WDEF (Collins Parker/July 18) which said Michael Freeman, who was arrested last week, apparently pulled a driver over at a June traffic stop in Jackson County. According to the news site, Freeman’s ruse was up after the car’s driver phoned his police officer father to verify Freeman’s identity. Upon his arrest, Freeman was found to have red and white lights, a siren, a gun, handcuffs, and a SWAT patch in his possession. Chief Deputy Rocky Harnen said Freeman works as an EMT in another state.

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Monday, July 18, 2022

** New Mexico rescue specialist killed in chopper crash


** A New Mexico rescue specialist from Bernalillo is dead after a Saturday night chopper crash that killed three other first responders. The Santa Fe Reporter (Julia Goldberg/July 18) said Matthew King died around 7:20 p.m. near Las Vegas while assisting in the response to area wildfires. According to the news service, the three other crew members included Undersheriff Larry Koren, Lt. Fred Beers, and Deputy Michael Levison. On Sunday afternoon, first responders lined Interstate 25 to pay tribute to the crew as their bodies were transported to Albuqerque’s medical examiner. The cause of the crash has yet to be determined. A multi-agency investigation has now begun. Funeral services are pending.

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Friday, July 15, 2022

** Ottawa paramedics in Ontario contending with overdose patient surge


** Ottawa paramedics in Ontario are apparently seeing a rash of overdoses after a batch of tainted drugs hit the streets this summer. That is the word from the Ottawa Citizen (Blair Crawford/July 15) which said at least five people have died from the scourge. According to the newspaper, Ottawa’s Public Health Overdose Prevention Task Force said the week preceding July 5th saw medics respond to 22 overdoses, while  Inner City Health operations director Anne Marie Hopkins said her staff treated 134 in June. The number in May, meanwhile, was 70. Hopkins said the substantial jump in numbers is unusual. She said the main culprit is fentanyl which can inadvertently contaminate other drugs that are being measured or mixed on the same surface.

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