Dad Who Yelled at EMT After Daughter's Suicide Doesn't Deserve Criminal Charges

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Finding your 16-year-old daughter dead after she pointed a gun at her head and killed herself with one bullet is horrific enough. But for Brooke Russell's heartbroken father, Kevin, things went from horrific to surreal when an ambulance showed up. Brooke was found by her dad and brother, Brant, shortly after she killed herself in a nearby park. At the time, she was unconscious but still alive and the family prayed she would have a chance. They loaded her in their car, called 911, and met an ambulance by a police station. When the ambulance arrived, Kevin and Brant were understandably hysterical and maybe not acting in the most calm and dignified way. That's when things got out of control.

Says Kevin:

To me, time was everything. I was going, "Let's go, get her to the hospital, hurry up, hurry up."

Kevin says the EMT then turned around to ask him what had happened, and Brooke fell off the gurney. Kevin was now understandably angry. He told KSPR:

I started screaming and said, "Do your f*cking job, get her to the hospital," and the EMT put his finger in my face and said, "Calm down, sir." I was screaming, "Please get her to the hospital." And right about that time a police officer ran up on the sidewalk and I saw Brant go down.

OMG, unbelievably, Brant had been pepper sprayed in the face. Then Kevin was thrown to the ground and threatened with a taser. He was then handcuffed to a bench.

Details here are unclear, but Brooke later died. Kevin and Brant are facing charges of assault, disturbing the peace, and obstruction.

EMTs need to be able to do their job, and if people get in their face, it's understandable that they'd react -- but pepper spraying? Arresting? Emergency personnel must be accustomed to finding people in all kinds of states of panic.

Since the father and brother didn't physically harm anyone and were just upset and yelling, charges seem extreme -- especially when they are already grieving. It's been six months since Brooke's death, and they are still facing these charges. I really hope that the EMTs take heart and forgive and forget.

Do you think arrests were justified?

Image via Mark Turnauckas/Flickr

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3boys... 3boysANDaMOMMY

This sounds crazy all he was yellung was to help save his child then they let her fall... yeah i would have dropped the f bomb and pressed charges myself... prayers for thus family, they should not be going threw this on top of what happend

bossy... bossyjossy

Abuse of power, how can people be so callous to anothers obvious grief. Do we really need to give lesssons on humanity

Green... Greenmomma1018

This is absolutely sickening. They would have been better off to just take her to the hospital. It is quite sad that EMT personnel no longer take pride in what they do. They see it as a paycheck. FIRE THEM! THEY LET THAT POOR GIRL FALL OFF THE GURNEY! COME ON!


miche... micheledo

The EMT's HAVE to do their job.  They don't know if the screaming person is someone high on drugs, someone involved in the accident, or just a distraught family member.

However, once the dust settled, I would hope charges wouldn't be filed against the person when it was discovered they were simply a distraught family member.

adamat34 adamat34

Understandably he us upset. But not strapping the patient to a gurney, dead or alive, is a rookie mistake. They should be suspended at the very least.

Samantha Bernstein Bell

maybe that EMT needs some retraining if he honestly ased "what happened"

Sarah... SarahHall58

We don't know for sure what all the father and brother did. EMTs don't pepper spray people for just yelling. Something else had to have happened here. As a nurse, it is extremely difficult to do our jobs and do it properly when hysterical family members are interfering.

Kate Cooley

The EMT didn't pepper spray anyone. The police who were called to the scene did. Which begs the question, was the father getting belligerent with the EMT.

And as someone married to a paramedic, the last thing they want is for someone to be hollering "HURRY UP" at them while they try to work. There are a number of things that have to get done on-scene to ensure the patient's getting the correct care and if you're (quite possibly understandably in this case) hysterical, it's not helping them. Shrieking "get her to the hospital" isn't going to magically send her there. Let them do their job and it will get done as quickly as they can manage.

nonmember avatar myop

Once again people on this site making comments when they have no idea what they are talking about. I'm on the emt's side. They are trained for this. They don't need someone telling them to hurry up when they have specific things they have to do. And the commenter saying they need retraining because asking what happened? You are a freakin moron. Of course they are going to ask what happened. Are they supposed to automatically know it was a gun shot wound? Are they supposed to know it was self inflicted ? I'm sure EMT's ask what happened anytime there are people on the scene first. You people need to stfu if you're really that stupid.

wendy... wendywendy

Sad for the family.

Sounds like there is more to the story.  Somewhere between the dad's story and the EMT's story is the truth.

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