January 25, 2020

Review Category : PNN Daily News

Wednesday, January 8, 2020

** UK man jailed after spitting on paramedic


** A UK man from Derby will be cooling his heels in jail for the next four and a half months after attacking an EMS worker trying to help him Christmas Day. The Westbridgford Wire (January 8) said Nicholas Watkins, 44, was handed the sentence December 30 for spitting in the face of the EMS medic. Watkins, who pleaded guilty, has also been tasked with paying 100 pounds in compensation. Local ambulance service spokesman Mark Ward said his organization would continue to pursue those who assault emergency personnel. He said attacks against frontline practitioners would not be tolerated.

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Tuesday, January 7, 2020

** Trial for pair of Ontario paramedics charged in relation to 2017 patient’s death delayed until April


** April 6th has been set as the new trial date for a pair of Hamilton, Ontario paramedics charged in relation to the December 2, 2017 death of a patient. That is the word from CBC News (Samantha Craggs/January 6) which said Steven Snively and Christopher Marchant were to go to court this month on charges of failing to provide the necessities of life to Yosif Al-Hasnawi. Matters, expected to last four weeks, were delayed to allow for the duo’s lawyers to review further witness interviews. Al-Hasnawi suffered a bullet wound after confronting two men who were bothering an old man outside a mosque. Defendant Dale King, who fired the hollow point .22 calibre bullet, was charged but found not guilty of second-degree murder due to self defence. The paramedics in the case allegedly mocked Al-Hasnawi and accused him of overreacting because they thought he had been shot with a BB gun. Thirty eight minutes elapsed from the time medics arrived on-scene at the call till Al-Hasnawi arrived at the emergency room. He died at 10 p.m. (CBC/January 5). If convicted on the charges, the medics could face up to five years in prison.

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Monday, January 6, 2020

** Pennsylvania paramedic hit and killed at MVA scene Sunday       


** A Pennsylvania paramedic is dead after being hit at an MVA scene early Sunday. That is the word from The Tribune (Paul Pierce/January 5) which said the I-70 accident near the Smithton exit claimed the life of paramedic supervisor Matt C. Smelser, 44 around 5:30 a.m. According to the newspaper, Smelser, who was with Rostraver-West Newton EMS, was hit by a tractor-trailer upon alighting from the ambulance. A co-worker of Smelser said he was very safety conscious at accident scenes and was a very good paramedic who cared about patient outcomes. Although authorities have not yet determined a cause for the accident, icy road conditions are believed to have played a role. Police continue to investigate. Funeral services are pending.

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