Friday, October 3, 2003

Accused EMT trainee fired after visiting teen

By Jim Hannah
The Cincinnati Enquirer

ERLANGER - A Northern Kentucky man being trained as an emergency medical technician has been fired after he allegedly attempted to visit a teenage boy he helped treat.

Steven Embree, 47, no address available, is charged in Kenton District Court with one count of misdemeanor criminal trespassing after he allegedly showed up at the boy's home.

On June 25, an Erlanger rescue squad transported a 16-year-old boy described as mildly disabled. Embree was in the back of the ambulance with a full-time EMT. Embree allegedly had his arm around the boy and kissed him on the forehead as he was being taken out of the ambulance.

A charge of offensive touching was dropped but Embree was ordered not to call the boy or have any contact with the family. Prosecutors say he called a dozen times and went to the house once. Erlanger Fire Chief Bill Martin fired Embree for what the chief called poor decision-making.

Florence attorney Jeff Blankenship, who is representing Embree, said his client is very compassionate and wanted to help the boy through his troubles.


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