Louisville EMT In Prison for Manslaughter Catches a Break

Tammy Brewer, the Louisville Metro (Kentucky) EMT who was originally charged with murder following an ambulance crash on April 3, 2008 that killed a patient, is in the news again. Last December, she pled guilty to involuntary manslaughter and accepted a 10 year sentence. It appears she may be catching a break, and may have the opportunity to be released on probation in about a year.

This tragic case is one of twelve I am tracking since 2001 where fire and EMS personnel have been charged criminally with murder or manslaughter for on-duty actions.

About Curt Varone

Curt Varone has over 45 years of fire service experience and 35 as a practicing attorney licensed in both Rhode Island and Maine. His background includes 29 years as a career firefighter in Providence (retiring as a Deputy Assistant Chief), as well as volunteer and paid on call experience. He is the author of two books: Legal Considerations for Fire and Emergency Services, (2006, 2nd ed. 2011, 3rd ed. 2014, 4th ed. 2022) and Fire Officer's Legal Handbook (2007), and is a contributing editor for Firehouse Magazine writing the Fire Law column.

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