Two Pawtucket EMTs have been suspended by the city without pay following the death of a patient they failed to treat properly. Terrence O’Neill and Michael Garcia were accused of not following protocols while responding to a call back in January. They arrived to find an unresponsive man lying against a snowbank but did not perform a proper primary assessment of his condition, take vital signs or remove his jacket. The EMTs were also accused of falsifying medical records and lying about their interactions with the man, who later passed away. O’Neill’s license has been suspended for 90 days and Garcia’s for 30 days. They will undergo refresher courses and a 12-month probationary period to demonstrate their adherence to protocols.

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