Paramedics Peter Cadigan and Peggy Finley, 50 and 40 respectively, strapped a 35-year-old man onto a stretcher, face down, for assistance, which authorities say , resulted in his death by suffocation.
Called overnight to the home of 35-year-old Earl L. Moore Jr, the two paramedics placed the patient on a stretcher, face down, and tightened a medical strap across his back and lower torso. body, as recently released body camera footage shows.
Moore was later taken to a local hospital, where he was pronounced dead, authorities said.
A coroner's report obtained by People found Moore's cause of death to be “compression asphyxia, due to being immobilized in a prone position on a paramedic transport stretcher due to back straps.”
The duo should have known from their training and experience that positioning a patient in this manner “would create a substantial likelihood of grievous bodily harm or death,” the prosecutor told Fox News. 'State of Sangamon County, Dan Wright Wright.
According to a press release from the Springfield Police Department, officers on scene, who acted as first responders that evening, reported that Mr. Moore may have had hallucinations due to alcohol withdrawal and needed medical attention. It was for this reason that paramedics were called.
The charges against Mr. Cadigan and Ms. Finley, in relation to the death on December 18, 2022, of Mr. Moore Jr, have been dismissed. announced Jan. 10 by Dan Wright, NPR Illinois reports.
With information from People.