BCFR: Brevard Paramedic Fired After Hearing
By Space Coast Daily // March 3, 2015
ABOVE VIDEO: Kenneth Hallenbeck, an 11-year Brevard County Fire Rescue veteran, was fired on Tuesday after an incident last month involving a 48-year old hospice patient at Wuesthoff Medical Center in Rockledge. (WFTV.com video)
Hearing Finds Kenneth Hallenbeck Violated BCFR Policy
BREVRD COUNTY • ROCKLEDGE, FLORIDA – Brevard County Fire Rescue Firefighter/Paramedic Kenneth Hallenbeck was fired after a hearing was held on Tuesday morning at Brevard County Fire Rescue Headquarters in Rockledge, according to Brevard County spokesman Don Walker.
Hallenbeck was the paramedic involved in the hospice patient incident at Wuesthoff Hospital on the night of February 25.
During the hearing it was determined that Hallenbeck was in violation of the following charges:
• Fighting, threatening, intimidating, coercing or otherwise interfering with the rights of other persons, which is a dismissal offense.
• Conduct that raises the obvious questions as to the employee’s ability to maintain public trust, which is a dismissal offense.
Hallenbeck, an 11-year Brevard County Fire Rescue veteran, was arrested last month after an incident involving a 48-year old hospice patient at Wuesthoff Medical Center in Rockledge.
According to Rockledge Police Lt. Donna Seyferth, a hospice patient refused to get off a backboard at the hospital and Hallenbeck is suspected of flipping the backboard, which caused the victim to fall on the floor.
Hallenbeck was suspended in 2006 for an incident related to an argument with another firefighter/paramedic,
and in 2008 for not completing patient-care reports within 24 hours.
Hallenbeck had been suspended with pay, according to county officials, and faces charges of abuse of the elderly or disabled.
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