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The unidentified EMT captured on video restraining a bystander at a sick call is no longer employed by Mobile Medical Response (MMR) in Saginaw, Michigan. The EMT was placed on administrative leave pending an investigation shortly after the October 22 incident in the parking lot of a Family Dollar store. The man being restrained is a cashier with the store, Gregory Barnett, who said he had been trying to direct traffic around the incident when the confrontation occurred. So far, the EMT’s version of the events has not been explained and the video did not show what lead up to Barnett being on the ground.
Here’s part of the statement from MMR as relayed by reporter Bob Johnson at MLive.com:
MMR has never had a situation like this in our 20 years of service and over 900,000 patient interactions. MMR employs over 500 individuals across 10 counties who take our core values of professionalism, respect, integrity, dedication and excellence to heart. This is an isolated incident.
The employment relationship between MMR and the employee involved no longer exists.
Reporter Johnson could not reach Barnett for reaction to the latest development, but this is what the cashier had said previously:
Barnett said he heard someone from MMR say something to him on the day of the altercation, but he was focused on the traffic and wasn’t paying attention.
“The second time, he said, ‘You’re in my (expletive) space,’ so I turned around and asked him, ‘What’s up?’” Barnett said. “He came at me and bumped into me, so I pushed him, and then he threw me to the ground.”