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One person is dead after a fire consumed a trailer in Mesa on Thursday morning, according to the Rural Metro Fire Department.
MESA, Ariz. (AP) — A paramedic has been charged with theft after being accused of pocketing a patient's Rolex watch during an ambulance ride to a hospital, authorities said Friday.
Jason Edward Alexander, a Rural/Metro ambulance employee, was arrested after the victim's son saw the watch on eBay and notified authorities.
The man died on Oct. 8 after Alexander helped transport him to the hospital in Mesa on Sept. 21. The family couldn't find his watch.
Alexander acknowledged taking the watch because he owed money to his parents, Mesa police spokesman Esteban Flores said.
After trying to sell it on eBay, Alexander sold it for $1,400 to a friend who did not know it had been stolen, police said.
The friend was working with authorities to return the watch to the family.
Alexander faces one count each of theft and trafficking in stolen property. He is due in court Wednesday. It was unclear if he has an attorney.
John Karolzak, a Rural/Metro spokesman, said Alexander is on unpaid administrative leave. He was hired about a year ago after undergoing a background check, Karolzak said, adding that the company had no plans to review any of its operations.
"We consider this incident an anomaly and acted definitively upon notification," he said.
This photo provided by Mesa Police Department shows Jason Edward Alexander. Police say the family of a man who died Oct. 8, 2014 at a Mesa hospital could not locate his Rolex watch. They say the man's son later found the watch for sale on eBay and notified authorities. Investigators discovered Nov. 4 that the seller was Alexander, a Rural Metro ambulance employee who helped transport the victim Sept. 21. Police say Alexander admitted to taking the watch and selling it. He faces one count each of theft and trafficking in stolen property. (AP Photo/Mesa Police Department)
A Valley EMT working inside an ambulance stole from a patient who was riding to the hospital, then put the merchandise up for sale on eBay, Mesa Police said in court documents.
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Gilbert Fire Department (GFD) Battalion Chief David Rodriquez resigned amid an investigation into allegations he violated multiple town policies. Gilbert spokesperson Jennifer Alvarez said Rodriquez left his post effective May 28, which coincided with the day the town released a report into allegations of misconduct against him.
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PHOENIX — There will finally be as many people working in Arizona at the end of next year as there were employed here in 2005. But a new report Thursday shows it will take perhaps three more years for the state to hit its pre-recession employment peak.
Three male high school students were hospitalized Tuesday morning after taking cold medicine while at school.
Cooper Sparr, 17, (front) and Rhane Echeverria, 17, are two of the Diesel Technology students at EVIT who will be working on the fire engine donated by Rural Metro. [Photo courtesy EVIT]
The Rural/Metro Fire Department will offer a safety expo tomorrow morning to provide families information about a number of different safety issues,
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Southwest Ambulance and Rural/Metro employees in a group, hands-only CPR training session.
Emergency Medical Services week celebrates the hard work and dedication these professionals provide our community every day. During the 2013 EMS week, however, Southwest Ambulance also celebrated a milestone; surpassing their goal of 500 community members trained in CPR over the last 12 months.
Arizona's economic recovery is flattening out statewide, with job growth outside the Phoenix metro area for this year and next predicted to be anemic.
Repeatedly rebuffed in court, the state and multiple Indian tribes are now banking on last-minute federal legislation to block the Tohono O'odham Nation from building a casino on the edge of Glendale.
Pinal County authorities report that a woman is hospitalized after being seriously injured when her vehicle collided with a school bus in the San Tan Valley Thursday morning.
Every day, emergency and public safety crews put their lives on the line to help motorists stranded along highways. Tragically, crashes involving emergency and other vehicles that are pulled over along highway shoulders claim hundreds of lives across the country each year.
Still far short of the votes she needs, Gov. Jan Brewer finally gave lawmakers a peek Tuesday at details of her plan to expand the state's Medicaid program in a bid to whip up support.
When the 1985 yellow fire truck donated by Rural Metro pulled into the garage bay at EVIT, about a dozen students climbed on board eager to start their hands-on study of the big vehicle in Diesel Technology class.
Rural Metro donated a 1985 fire engine to EVIT’s Diesel Technology program in January. [Photo courtesy EVIT]