NY EMT Pleads Guilty To Posting Cellphone Photo on Facebook

A New York city EMT has pled guilty to charges associated with an incident related photo he posted on his Facebook page on May 13, 2009. Mark Musarella, 47, pled guilty to charges of disorderly conduct. He worked for the Richmond University Medical Center Ambulance service, and was terminated on May 14, 2009 immediately after the photo surfaced.

Musarella took the cellphone photo at a murder scene he responded to on March 30, 2009. The photo showed the deceased, a young woman, with a hair dryer cord wrapped around her neck. The video below explains the circumstances in more detail. As part of his sentence, Musarella agreed to serve 200 hours of community service and is prohibited from ever being an EMT.



About Curt Varone

Curt Varone has over 40 years of fire service experience and 30 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) and Fire Officer's Legal Handbook (2007), and is a contributing editor for Firehouse Magazine writing the Fire Law column.

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