There’s been a disturbing story in the
Oregonian that I’ve been following. A paramedic with a local ambulance company,
American Medical Response (AMR), was accused of sexually molesting women
as they were taken to hospitals. Now, if an ambulance is called, you can
assume that the person requiring transporting is probably in a vulnerable
and somewhat impaired state. So, this paramedic took advantage of these
One victim, Royshekka Herring, decided to come forth and fight back. She
filed a lawsuit against the ambulance company and was recently awarded
$3.25 million for pain and suffering. The paramedic, Lannie Haszard, was
sentenced to five years in prison for abuse in August 2008.
In the two years prior to Herring’s attack, three women had filed
complaints against the paramedic with AMR or the police. All complaints
concerned inappropriate sexual behavior on Haszard’s part. While
the defense argued that AMR investigated the complaints, the plaintiff’s
attorney contended that AMR did not take the complaints seriously.
Four other women have filed lawsuits against AMR. They will all be tried