Utah cop at center of nurse arrest scandal fired from paramedic job

A police detective who forcibly arrested a Utah nurse for refusing to allow him to draw blood from an unconscious patient was let go from his part-time job as a paramedic, reports The Salt Lake Tribune.

Salt Lake City-based Gold Cross Ambulance terminated Mr. Payne Tuesday, effective immediately.

"We acknowledge those concerned individuals who have contacted us regarding this incident and affirm our commitment to serving all members of the community with kindness and respect," Gold Cross Ambulance said in an official statement on its Facebook page. "We will continue to maintain our values of outstanding patient focused care, safety and the complete trust of the communities we serve."

The Salt Lake City police department placed Mr. Payne and one other police officer on administrative pending the results of an investigation into the July 26 incident. University of Utah Hospital also changed its protocol to limit police access to patient care areas following the situation.

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