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Facebook—This week saw the posting of August’s print content over the first few days of the month, but August’s Legal Lesson of the Month sparked the most debate.
Randolph County (N.C.) Emergency Management Coordinator Jared Byrd and his stepfather, Thomas Brown, a nurse and former paramedic, saved an elderly man from drowning while on vacation. Byrd and family were on Sunset Beach when they saw the victim trying to save his grandchildren from a riptide. Instead he went under.
Byrd and Brown pulled the man from the water and began CPR, which other bystanders helped continue until emergency responders arrived. By the time they departed for the hospital, the man had regained a pulse. “It was just being at the right place at the right time,” Byrd told the local Courier-Tribune.
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An employee of Ohio’s Portsmouth Emergency Ambulance Services allegedly launched a racist Facebook tirade against the owner of a Kentucky gas station/restaurant. After eating and leaving without apparent conflict, the unnamed employee posted, “I reluctantly entered to order Monday’s meatloaf special and was greeted by a tribe from India… I’m ashamed I just probably funded al Qaeda.”
As of Wednesday, WSAZ reported, the employee had not been suspended, and the service’s leaders declined an on-camera interview.
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The #LipSyncChallenge has been sweeping public safety agencies across the U.S. EMS World Expo wants to see your best effort! We’ll be accepting entries through August 31, and our readers will vote on their favorite. Votes will be accepted through September 14, and the winning team will receive complimentary three-day conference passes to the 2019 EMS World Expo in New Orleans. Don’t forget to use hashtags #EMSWorldExpo and #LipSyncChallenge when sharing your video on social media.