An arbitrator has reinstated a city paramedic crew chief who was fired after she would not cross a snow-covered bridge to aid an ailing Hazelwood man during last February's blizzard. The man, Curtis Mitchell, later died.
The Ravenstahl administration is fighting the reinstatement, in which the arbitrator also awarded paramedic Josie Dimon back pay. The medics union, in turn, is taking some swipes at the mayor for going to Seven Springs that weekend, along with public safety director Mike Huss.
Virginia Montanez at That's Church ain't happy about it:
Ms. Dimon not only didn’t perform her job, she did the OPPOSITE of her job. She walked away from a man that needed help and she did it all eff this and eff that and this ain’t no cab service and eff you. Man dies. Three-day suspension is all she’s getting because her union has her back.
Oh, to have that kind of job security — the kind of job security that some unions have managed to create. The kind that allows a person to say to themselves, “Not only do I not have to do my job very well, but I can suck so bad at my job that a man can die and I will be handsomely rewarded with reinstatement and back-pay.”