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Florida Man Named Paramedic of the Year and Fire Captain Arrested in COVID-19 Vaccine Theft, Police Say
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A Florida man named 2020's “Paramedic of the Year” has been arrested for allegedly stealing COVID-19 vaccines intended for first responders after he said he was ordered to do the dirty work by his supervisor, Polk County Sheriff’s officials said at a Tuesday news conference.
Joshua Colon, 31, allegedly admitted to stealing three vials containing 10 doses each of the Moderna vaccine and attempted to cover up the theft by forging the vaccine screening and consent forms for the missing vaccines that were supposed to be given to firefighters, according to his affidavit, the sheriff's office said.
Polk County Sheriff Grady Judd said during the conference Colon told police he stole the vaccines at the request of his supervisor, Fire Captain Tony Damiano, who wanted the vaccine for his elderly mother, USA Today reported.
Colon, a Polk County Fire Rescue (PCFR) paramedic, who was also a training officer, resigned on Jan. 22 and was arrested on Jan. 25. He was charged with 12 felony and two misdemeanor charges, including four counts of forgery, four counts falsifying medical records, two counts creating fictional personal IDs and official misconduct, according to a release by the Polk County Sheriff’s office.

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