EMT Worker Assault While Responding To A Call

An EMT worker, responding to a call for help, is instead assaulted and taken to the hospital for treatment.

Major Kenneth Watson with the Beaufort County Sheriff's Office says James Rosene, who works for Pinetown EMS , responded to 161 Five Points Farm Lane for an injured person call around 7pm, Christmas Eve.

Rosene arrived in his personal vehicle and was first on the scene.

As he provided medical assistance to the injured person and waited for the EMS crew to arrive, Watson says, the family became upset with Rosene's service and started hitting and kicking him.

Once EMS arrived they had to transport Rosene to the hospital instead and another ambulance had to come to help the person in the original call.

Deputies arrested Bobby Covey Sr. and his son, Bobby Covey Jr. for Assault To Physically Injure A EMT worker and Resisting A Public Officer.

Covey Sr. received additional charges of two counts of Communicating Threats and two counts of Assault On A Government Official once Deputies were called to the scene.

Both were placed under a $11,000 bond, but bonded out the same day. The father and son have a December 29th courtdate.

Rosene was treated and released.


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  • by Brenda Baird Location: Baton Rouge La. on Jan 12, 2012 at 08:45 PM
    I was an EMT with Pinetown and rode some with Washington FD, before I moved. You could not ask for better 'service'! The EMT's responded in a most timely manner and I never saw a personality defect in any of them. Beaufort and Pungo has some of the most talented nurses and doctors in the area and they work hard and dilegently at what they do. Now, having said that, I also worked 8 yrs with DOC, where officers had the RIGHT to do what they 'needed' to do when a inmate CHOSE not to control themselves. The law enforcement officers who put their lives in danger to respond to such incidents as well as any other should be mentioned, for they are heroes to. (I guess I shall wait my turn to be bashed for this, but I stand strong in my convictions!)
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      by Miss you brenda on Feb 29, 2012 at 10:15 PM in reply to Brenda Baird
      I wish you didn't move away, I was taking my intermediate class with you at the college, hope all is well. It's amazing to see the work and progress being put into place over this situation. New policies and protocols are being placed for the safety of the Volunteer and Payed EMTs. It's sad to see people attacking EMS when we are there to help. I'm sure the communities will have a big upset when new policies are set in that protect us. We'll see what the future may hold, I suppose.
  • by so far on Jan 4, 2012 at 07:18 PM
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      by Anonymous on Jan 5, 2012 at 03:19 AM in reply to so far
      yea. he ran over them on the way out while getting pummeled.
  • by er rn on Jan 4, 2012 at 08:18 AM
    That EMT did not ask to be called there, they called him. We want nothing more than to help the person in need and instead most of the people helping are injured, cursed at, spit on, and assaulted by family or the patient. It disgusts me that this happens and most get away with it. Yes, it could have been a stressful situation but that is no excuse whatsoever to assault the person who is trying to help. As an ER RN I have been cussed out, spit on, hit, kicked, or bitten trying to help someone who came to the ER for help. I did not ask that person to come there so why should I be taking abuse for trying to provide the help THEY asked for? Some people these days are out of control and have no respect for anyone. This EMT did not deserve this for helping a patient in need. If they had a problem with how he was handling the care of the patient, they should have called the EMS supervisor rather than beating the guy up.
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      by George on Jan 4, 2012 at 09:03 AM in reply to er rn
      Sounds like you need a new job.
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        by rae on Jan 4, 2012 at 10:32 AM in reply to George
        yeah all you er nurses need to quit your jobs....come to think of it the ems people should too.thatll solve all these problems and im sure these people quitting wont create any new problems.ignorant
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          by yep! on Jan 4, 2012 at 02:05 PM in reply to rae
          im great at performing self appendectomies and tracheotomies, how bout you?
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        by er rn on Jan 4, 2012 at 12:27 PM in reply to George
        Or people should start acting like civil human beings rather than taking out their frustrations on the people trying to help them. Unfortunately George this is the reality of the ER and EMS jobs. Research it, there are lots of articles to support what I commented. And if we all quit, who will be there to take care of you or your family in a time of need? Think about it...
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          by absolutely on Jan 4, 2012 at 01:58 PM in reply to er rn
          i agree wholeheartedly. those of us in civil servant jobs who are exposed to such abuse should be able to claim compensation for any injury from the family or the individual who perpetrated the assault, whether they lived through the emergency or not. there should be laws that protect police officers, EMS, nurses, doctors, lawyers, teachers, and anyone else who serves the publice from physical abuse. because we are in a job in which the public we serve cannot be turned away. we must treat, serve/protect, teach, defend these idiots no matter what. and we do it because we care, not for the money.
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          by George on Jan 4, 2012 at 06:55 PM in reply to er rn
          Trust me - we would be fine... We survived before you showed up and come to think of it you're merely a taxi with IV bag to get us to the real professional.. Said Doctor....
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          by dear george on Jan 4, 2012 at 10:37 PM in reply to er rn
          please inform me of your last name, because the next time you walk/ride through the ER doors ... i will remind you of these comments you have made on this website. and i'll make sure the help you NEED, is exactly what you get! :)
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        by DIXIECHICK on Jan 5, 2012 at 03:57 AM in reply to George
        No, they just need respect. It's just like the fact that you don't want to mistreat the cook.....think about that one and you'll understand better.
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      by Petey Pirate on Jan 4, 2012 at 05:22 PM in reply to er rn
      Thank you for the services that you and your coworkers provide. I truly applaud your efforts. Please do not let the ignorant rants of this now infamous Covey family to dissuade you from continuing to do the superior, underappreciatted job that you perform.
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      by a good experience on Jan 4, 2012 at 06:30 PM in reply to er rn
      so, everyone wants to dog the ER workers, the EMS workers, okay, heres something good. when my grandmother died and we called the ambulance, the EMS workers stood with us while we cried, held our hands, and prayed with us. i will never ever forget that and will always be grateful for that wonderful, human thing that they did.
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        by to petey pirate and good experience on Jan 5, 2012 at 04:41 AM in reply to a good experience
        thanx for the acknowledgement.this sounds exactly like the area rescue squads.my 42 year old husband had a stroke on the 2nd floor of our house.it took 6 VOLUNTEER workers from pinetown ems to take his large frame down a set of narrow stairs.these guys and girls are above excellent.i know almost all the area squads and can say they are the most professional kindhearted people that exist.heather wallace and amanda biggs cleaned up an incontinent patient for a family when they didnt have to.and im sure there are lots of acts of kindness all these guys have done that i dont have room to mention.thank you to our area ems workers,beaufort co, washington co, pitt co and hyde co.
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          by thankyou on Jan 5, 2012 at 04:49 PM in reply to to petey pirate and good experience
          it goes to show that those of us in civil service jobs dont do it for the money, we do it for the people.
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      by J.Swin on Jan 11, 2012 at 03:50 PM in reply to er rn
      I love all those that work in the ER that put in all their time and effort to help those that need help. You all put up with a lot and put your hearts in to what you do every day....i too, thank you for everything you've ever done to help my family and I any time we've walked through those ER doors!
  • by stones throw! on Jan 3, 2012 at 06:28 PM
    i love how people who cant think of a good enough reason why they should stand up for their loved ones who do something totally beastly and get caught, then spout out the whole 'dont cast the first stone' bit. it doesnt matter what they do. they couldve chopped someone into bits and barbecued them at the office pig picking, and one of their long lost cousins from lizard lick would post something like 'thou shalt not judge! nobodys perfect! you hateful people need to go to church!' great defense!
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      by Petey Pirate on Jan 4, 2012 at 05:31 PM in reply to stones throw!
      That was awesome dude! You rock!
  • by DIXIECHICK Location: ENC on Jan 3, 2012 at 04:41 AM
    To those of you who are posting the negative comments about the EMTs and Firefighters, you're all idiots. Who do you think comes to your house when you need help? Who do you think puts their lives in danger to save yours? Who do you think went to Ground Zero when you sat back and watched CNN? .......EMTs and FIREFIGHTERS, so get off of your attitudes and THANK THEM!!!
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      by Anonymous on Jan 4, 2012 at 12:23 PM in reply to DIXIECHICK
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        by Petey Pirate on Jan 4, 2012 at 05:37 PM in reply to
        I think we have heard from plenty from the Covey girls, Remember ole Sam & Tammy Lynn? Now I'm not telling you to boycott anybody, spend your money like you choose. Spend it with the kind of people you choose to trade with. It's America. Isnt she beautiful. God bless america.
  • by Anonymous on Jan 2, 2012 at 08:43 PM
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      by Petey Pirate on Jan 3, 2012 at 02:54 AM in reply to
      you have it correct. Nice post. Thank you.
  • by Charlotte Location: Washington on Jan 2, 2012 at 11:20 AM
    Any person who has ever done business with the Covey's should be aware that there is more to this story than is being told on this web site. This family is not pillbillies, ignorant, public nuisances, or any other name being bandied around on this site. While I wish both the EMT and the Covey family member a speedy recovery, I believe that the public should step back a step and remember that our government allows for innocence until proven guilty. I have read a lot of these postings and many are against the Covey's based on heresay. When the Covey's go to court, I am sure all of the information will come out. Until then the public needs to take a step back on charging them as guilty. Has anyone actually asked the EMT about exactly what happened that night? Has anyone asked the Covey's about what happened that night? I didn't think so. Keep in mind that there may be a reason the police camcorder and the ER recordings have not been released to the public. Perhaps the Covey's are not quite as guilty as the public wants them to be.
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      by innocence..? on Jan 2, 2012 at 07:22 PM in reply to Charlotte
      the EMT was assaulted, severely, while not having assaulted the coveys first. it was two on one. i would like to know the rest of the story, but i can know that even without hearing it, this is a family i hope i never meet. i hope any person defending these people will speak up now and silence all the angry posters. i dont see it happening because all they can say are 'they are our friends, theyre good people, blablabla'. nothing of substantial evidence. give us some, please since you seem to have some insight.
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        by Petey Pirate on Jan 3, 2012 at 02:58 AM in reply to innocence..?
        your post said what we all are thinking. Good post. these ignorant fools the Coveys and their 3 friends are too stupid to even think they did anything wrong. Its how they live, like a bunch or rednecks.
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        by Please Read... on Jan 3, 2012 at 06:55 AM in reply to innocence..?
        The EMT had lacerations to his face and body. This means that he probably did not even need stitches. There were no other injuries sustained. I can't see where that is "severe".
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          by innocence? on Jan 3, 2012 at 05:58 PM in reply to Please Read...
          laceration, nail scrape--its all the same to me! (btw nail scrapes can give you deadly infections) they put hands on this man; it was two to one! these people sound like gangsters to me, according to the facts of this story. so unless the eMT threatened with knife or gun, i just dont see how the covey boys are really great people.
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          by Please Read... on Jan 4, 2012 at 05:17 AM in reply to Please Read...
          A nail scrape is only going to be deadly if you don't use an antiseptic. Neosporin is pretty cheap at Walgreens.
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          by innocence? on Jan 4, 2012 at 06:19 PM in reply to Please Read...
          the bottom line: you scrape me with your nail, your tail is gonna land in jail!
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        by charlotte 2 on Jan 4, 2012 at 05:09 AM in reply to innocence..?
        well spoken.....it wouldnt have mattered if they just shoved jim or the leo down without throwing a punch or kick.assault and battery is what it is.you defenders admit to the coveys doing it but you keep saying they were justified.tell me how?would you like it if the coveys were assaulted like jim or the leo?
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          by area resident on Jan 4, 2012 at 12:35 PM in reply to charlotte 2
          Jim's injuries were very minor for the story of being assaulted by two men. from what i have heard, jim was only being shown to his vehicle after he told the family that he could not do anything to help the injured family member. he was told that if he could not help then he needed to leave. instead,he added fuel to the fire by pulling out his cell phone to call the police instead of leaving. an ambulance was on the way and as the injured person would have been helped by being taken to the er, they would not have been assaulted or attacked. Jim should have left when he was asked to leave and this whole incident couold have been avoided.
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          by no matta on Jan 4, 2012 at 06:21 PM in reply to charlotte 2
          the amount of injury does not make it any less of an assault. minor injuries, major injuries, its still an illegal assault unless they were defending themselves against a threat (and police coming to your house doesnt count as a threat unless youve got drugs in your moving vans)
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        by nurse on Jan 4, 2012 at 12:27 PM in reply to innocence..?
        the emt was not severly beaten. i was in the emergency room when he was brought in. he had bruising and minor lacerations to the face, not the entire body. and since you stated that you know these people without ever having met them, then i would hazard a guess that you will continue to make up stories about this situation.
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          by okay! on Jan 4, 2012 at 02:01 PM in reply to nurse
          make sure you tell that to WITN then, cause thats where im getting my info, sista! by the way, who cares how minor the injuries are??? assault is assault. pointing a finger at someone in a threatening manner is assault.
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          by Anonymous on Jan 4, 2012 at 03:36 PM in reply to nurse
          miss nurse i accuse you of lying.you werent in the ed as staff.assault and battery is assault and battery.would it like it if jim and the leo assaulted covey sr and jr?why are you trying to minimize this incident.
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          by ola on Jan 11, 2012 at 05:18 PM in reply to nurse
          Nice to know that HIPPA in Beaufort Co. is working! Great job ED!!!
  • by Petey Pirate on Jan 1, 2012 at 09:45 AM
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      by Anonymous on Jan 2, 2012 at 12:10 PM in reply to Petey Pirate
      You should get your facts straight. Of the five members of that family three have had back surgery. One had back surgery while still in high school. Both sons have extensive back problems that will ultimately end with more back surgery. So, before you start calling people liars check your facts. As for pain pills, his prescriptions are from his neurosurgeon not some local quack doctor. And anyone who as ever taken pills for actual pain can tell you the pills do not do away with all of the pain. They simply make the pain more bearable.
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        by Petey Pirate on Jan 2, 2012 at 05:47 PM in reply to
        That post just clarified what I was saying even more. It is exactly like I imagined it. Thank you for admitting that I was right about these people.
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        by Ken on Jan 3, 2012 at 04:11 AM in reply to
        Let me get this straight. You are saying that this family has back problems, even surguries, but yet they attack another person, and do severe damage to that person's vehicle. When my back is out of whack, that is exactly what I want to do, go attack something metal. GET REAL
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          by Missing Something on Jan 3, 2012 at 06:57 AM in reply to Ken
          Perhaps my reading skills are not up to par, but I missed the part where the article mentioned that they did severe damage to the person's vehicle. If you are getting that information through word of mouth, I might choose a different mouth to listen to.
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          by resident on Jan 4, 2012 at 12:39 PM in reply to Ken
          again there was no big attack like everyone is making it out to be. and there was certainly no damage to his vehicle. people like you would probably lay up in bead and draw disability if you had half the back problems this family has. but instead of trying to be a drain on the community be trying to draw disability, these people go to work every day and deal with the pain until it is unbearable enough to need surgery again.
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          by OR on Jan 4, 2012 at 06:23 PM in reply to Ken
          you are missing the point, resident. whether or not the coveys are ordinarily great workers has nothing to do with whether or not they illegally assaulted the EMS worker that day. sorry they have back pain, but it doesnt erase the fact that they committed a crime.
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      by Just Asking on Jan 3, 2012 at 01:13 PM in reply to Petey Pirate
      Petey, First let me say that what theydid to the EMT worker was very wrong.But i would like to know what your definition of a Redneck is, I always thought is was a person that worked out in the sun alot, like a farmer, construction worker etc. The way you use the term is rather offensive.
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        by Petey Pirate on Jan 3, 2012 at 07:21 PM in reply to Just Asking
        Are you from Mars? What kind of idiot are you?
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          by Anonymous on Jan 4, 2012 at 12:40 PM in reply to Petey Pirate
          can you not answer a simple question Petey?
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          by Just Asking on Jan 7, 2012 at 10:08 AM in reply to Petey Pirate
          No I'm not from Mars and I'm not an idiot. You can't answer a simple question without name calling and slurs which says a lot about what kind of person you are. Sorry for my late response to your uneducated reply but I have a life to live and by all your post you have no other life than your computer.
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        by a redneck.. on Jan 4, 2012 at 07:06 PM in reply to Just Asking
        a 'redneck' refers to someone who 1. thinks the civil war was won by the confederates and still flies the flag, thinks slavery is justifiable, and uses racial slurs freely. 2. thinks womens place is in the kitchen all day long tendin to the young'uns and must treat her husband as a king or get slapped. 3.thinks they are above the law like boss hogg on dukes of hazzard. 4. turn on any country music station at any given time and you will learn more.
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          by Just Saying on Jan 7, 2012 at 09:57 AM in reply to a redneck..
          You need to read the history of the war, had nothing to do with slaves. Each state wanted to control it's own goverment so we wouldn't have to put up with DC control. Freedom of the slaves was a after thought of Ole Abe and by the way he owned quite a few himself. He never freed the slaves in the North just the one in the South. I think everyone uses racial slurs. answer to #2 must be your way of thinking Answer to #'s 3&4 you are talking about TV shows and music not REAL people.
  • by Petey Pirate on Dec 31, 2011 at 07:33 PM
    Where are all the Coveys? You were so outspoken & treated so badly by this EMT, why are you not on here explaining what needs to be done to prevent this type of thing from happening again in the future? Go to JOHN 8:7 & let us know. I dont think I have sense enough to figure it out. Come on!
  • by Petey Pirate on Dec 31, 2011 at 07:10 PM
    I come up on a covey of Coveys & barely fired a shot & they all went flying. What happened to all of them? Seems only the quails have had anything to say. whats wrong, too busy drinking to respond to the big boy Pirate?
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