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Ambulance Squad Employee Charged With Stealing Drugs

PHILADELPHIA (CBS) – The assistant chief of the Plymouth ambulance squad in Montgomery County is under arrest, accused of stealing narcotics from the ambulance company.

It was early last month when the Chief of Operations for the ambulance squad noticed that narcotics were missing from the company. At that point, surveillance cameras were set up in the office where the morphine was kept in a medical supply cabinet. District Attorney Risa Ferman says the surveillance caught Dominic Venezia on tape stealing the drugs.

Ferman says patient care was not compromised because of the alleged thefts, “Was anything taken from the ambulances? Was anything perhaps removed and substituted with a different sort of substance so that, God forbid, a patient could be compromised? The answer to those questions is no.”

Ferman says the 37-year-old Norristown man told detectives he was dealing with personal issues and has a drug problem. “The drugs were stolen and they were intended for personal use,” Ferman says. “There’s no allegation or no evidence that they were transferred to any other person or delivered to any other person based upon the evidence that we have.”

Venezia was also a police officer in Whitemarsh but no longer works there.

Reported by Suburban Bureau Chief Brad Segall, KYW Newsradio 1060

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  • Tom

    As someone working in the health field, as much as it pains me to admit it, there is an issue with drug abuse. It comes from a job with high stress, low rewards, and incredibly high responsibility and liability. While the topic of this article does not surprise me in the least, the idea that a picture of botox was used to represent morphine does.

  • Rich Cerzosimo

    Peter, I was thinking the same thing! I think this is just an example of lazy journalism as the picture is incongruous with the information in the article.

    Another example of lazy journalism is calling the Assistant Chief of a rescue squad an ‘Ambulance Squad Employee.’

    Firstly, the article alleges that Mr. Venezia was the assistant chief of the “…Plymouth ambulance squad.” I may be mistaken, but I believe the actual name of the organization is ‘Plymouth Community Ambulance Association.’

    Secondly, alleging that an Assistant Chief of an EMS Organiztion is simply an “Ambulance Squad Employee…” is akin to alleging that the Assistant Chief of Police for any police department is a ‘beat cop’ or something similar.

    Thirdly, at the end of the article, the reporter discloses that “Venezia was also a police officer in Whitemarsh but no longer works there.” Why was he noted as an ‘Ambulance Squad Employee’ and not ‘Former Police Officer.’ The former identification just seems to malaign the squad.

    • Jamie Petrochko

      i work with plymouth and we just call it plymouth ambulance…almost every ambulance company either has ‘communitty ambulance’ or ‘regional ambulance corps’ or somthing akin to that after the name so its not helpful in identification at all. but yeah the rest of the complaints, especially the botox bottle definately count as lazy journalism

  • Jamie Petrochko

    botox therapy has cosmetic theraputic use only, it is not to my knowladge ever used in emergency medicine, and it is never used nor carried on ambulances. i tried volunteering at the squad in question, plymouth, but haven’t in over a year. Point is i was there, and there was definately no botox on any ambulance. the drugs of interest (ones with recreational potential) would be the opitates morphine and fentanyl citrate, and the benzodiazapines diazepam, midazolam, and lorazepam (valium, versed, ativan) all in liquid form for IV use. I think they insinuated that he happened to be stealing morphine. this gives a bad name to EMS workers everywhere, unfortunately.

    • Peter

      That’s what makes it so strange to have a picture of botox next to this article

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      • Jamie Petrochko

        hahaha yeah my point is i think the journalist needed a picture of IV medication with a syringe in the background for the article, and i guess the first one he found happened to be botox. its not accurate. we dont do cosmetic work on ambulances, no matter how much of an emergency the persons face may be lol

  • Peter

    Why would he steal Botox?

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