Two Florida paramedics are out of work and facing felony charges arising from an investigation into reports that the pair had been engaged in a long-running "selfie war" in which they snapped and sent photos and videos of themselves with incapacitated patients.
It happened in Fort Walton Beach, Florida. In a news release, the Okaloosa County Sheriff's Office said 24-year-old Kayla Renee Dubois was arrested Thursday and charged with two felonies – two counts of interception and disclosure of oral communications.
"The patients were intubated, sedated and otherwise unconscious; some were over the line and made to humiliate the patients," said Okaloosa County Sheriff Larry Ashley, according to WJHG.
There's a bad apple in every crop. Fortunately, somebody reported these two idiots. The other paramedic involved is looking at 7 felonies and a charge of battery. At minimum, 41 patients are known to have been "featured" in these productions.
County official say since the incident all personal cell phones have been banned from ambulances.
They also say each EMT is provided a work cell phone and the option to record video and take pictures on all of the phones has been disabled.
It's unfortunate that that all other staff have to pay a price because of the actions of two idiots, but the general response to any acts of idiocy by staff involves new policies geared toward the lowest common denominator.