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State names firefighters facing action in EMT probe

Posted by Sara Brown  June 22, 2010 02:45 PM

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The state Health Department has released the names of the 213 firefighters and emergency medical personnel - including seven from Lexington - who are facing penalties following an investigation that revealed that emergency medical certifications were being awarded without the necessary training.

Lexington firefighters Joseph Foley, Aaron Paskalis, John Ritchie, George-Arthur Robinson, Mark Schofield and Ken Tremblay all face nine-month suspensions of their credentials.

The list also includes the name of Mark Culleton, another Lexington firefighter, who has surrendered his paramedic and emergency medical instructor's credentials, according to state investigators. The state alleges that Culleton handed out 43 certifications without proper training and has recommended that his credentials be revoked. Culleton's lawyer, Richard Kendall, has said the firefighter is appealing the state action.

An attempt to reach the firefighters was not successful.

Fire Chief William Middlemiss declined to comment about the state's actions, citing the town's ongoing internal investigation.  He said the suspensions would not affect ambulance service, noting that the town has more than enough paramedics.

Middlemiss said the six firefighters who face suspensions are still on the job, while Culleton is on administrative leave.

  

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