Union Co. paramedic stopped to buy sunglasses on call, report says

South Carolina News

COLUMBIA, SC (WSPA) – A Union County paramedic was fined and had her certification suspended after she reportedly stopped at a convenience store to buy sunglasses while on a call, according to a report from the South Carolina Board of Health and Environmental Control.

According to the report, Union County EMS paramedic Heather Marie Hurt and her emergency medical technician partner were dispatched to a home for a patient with cold or flu symptoms in November 2018.

The report says the crew acknowledged the call and went en route to respond but stopped at a convenience store so that Hurt could buy sunglasses.

Hurt’s partner reported the incident to Union County EMS management, the report says.

DHEC became aware of the information in December and Hurt was fined $300, of which she paid $150 and the remaining $150 is being held in abeyance for 12 months.

According to the report, Hurt’s paramedic certification was also suspended for six months to be held in abeyance for 12 months. She also completed an ethics and personal leadership course.

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