FLORIDA — A video has been released of a paramedic flipping a patient off the stretcher at a hospital. The incident happened in February, but was released June 12.
Kenneth Hallenbeck was transporting a patient, 48-year-old James Slater, to Wuesthoff Medical Center- Rockledge when the incident occurred, according to Rockledge Police Department Spokesperson Donna Seyferth.
The patient was taken to the triage area of the hospital, but when he was asked to get off the backboard, he allegedly refused.
That’s when Hallenbeck is seen dumping the patient off the stretcher and onto the ground.
Hallenbeck has since been terminated from his position. He was charged with elderly/disabled abuse on February 25.
“Based on the victim’s medical condition, which is confidential, it is unclear if he meets the criteria of a ‘disabled adult’ necessary to support a felony charge,” said Gary Beatty, Assistant State Attorney in an e-mail.