Fire chief, 3 others still on leave after nursing home death

FireRescue1 Staff

MAPLEWOOD, Minn. — Two of the six fire department employees placed on administrative leave following concerns about their conduct on a recent medical call are back to work.

Part-time firefighter/EMTs Reid Troxel and Joe Kerska were reinstated to active duty Tuesday morning, the Star Tribune reported.

Maplewood Fire Chief Steve Lukin, assistant fire chief Clarence "Butch" Gervais and full-time firefighters/paramedics Richard Dawson and Mike Streff remain on leave

In the incident, medics opted to stop resuscitating a 71-year-old nursing home patient Aug. 7 at the request of her husband, who was also her power of attorney. She died shortly after resuscitation was halted.

While the medics have been cleared of any criminal wrongdoing, Maplewood policy on resuscitation indicates that city-employed medics are expected to continue resuscitation efforts unless the "family, patient or staff… present (a) resuscitation guidelines form," according to the report.

The city has not disclosed who filed the complaint.

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