EMT Charged With Embezzling Controlled Substances

A man lawmen say used to work for two local fire-rescue departments is charged with embezzling pain killers from work.

The SBI says Michael West was an EMT for Greenville and Winterville's fire-rescue squads. West has been charged with four counts of embezzlement of a controlled substance. The SBI says West confessed to taking the painkillers, morphine and fentanyl, and the sedative midazolam from the stock in both Greenville and Winterville. Wast is due in court in December.


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  • by big gay pal Location: havelock on Oct 6, 2009 at 05:06 PM
    stealing is stealing and illegal drug's are illegal drugs i say no bail and no job for this fool mr t should be his judge i pitty the fool
  • by big gay pal Location: havelock on Oct 4, 2009 at 05:50 PM
    if i stole a senate seat would you let me back to work if you found out or would you through the book at me
  • by JOEBLOW Location: ST.Petersburg Fla. on Oct 2, 2009 at 12:57 PM
    he stoled drugs and that is against the law,he should not be allowed his job back.yeah he has a problem he is a theif
  • by Cat Location: Gboro on Sep 30, 2009 at 08:04 PM
    Im kind of with NCCNRPARAMEDIC! Thats pretty good! LOL
  • by NCCNRPARAMEDIC Location: GREENVILLE on Sep 30, 2009 at 07:06 PM
    Oh comon guys! Like nobody else commenting is addicted to painkillers or benzo's!? To do this job you have to be on something! Granted fetynal is a little hardcore ; Give him a slap on the wrist and a doctors note For a bad back! My god in heaven ! People know when they are too high or to drunk to work ems! I mean seriously ; Every individual knows their tolerences! Shouldn't be stealing from the squad though! Thats a major no no!
  • by bp Location: columbia on Sep 30, 2009 at 05:38 PM
    Rick who would not like someone working on him on drugs. Have you been living in a turtle shell? I bet you would be shocked to know how many Drs and nurses are not mention cops, lawyers, judges are on drugs every day. We live in a sick nation with lots of addictions. I pray that the Lord will save us from ourselves. We can't afford to throw stones. We should be looking for ways to fight this disease.
  • by volunteer Location: NC on Sep 30, 2009 at 05:23 PM
    To somewhere: I am a firefighter / emt volunteer. I also have another daily job that I serve others in a professional medical field. I go to work everyday, sometimes stressful situations, sometimes not. I also volunteer for what could be a stressful event with fire / ems. I, as well as many others, volunteer, because we love it in addtion to our regular jobs and want to give something back to our communities. Volunteers are appreciated where I come from. For whatever reason this person chose this path does not matter, what matters is that he gets help he needs and he gets back on the right track. People who do this need support to get back up and try to make better decisions. If all you do is look down on them, that's what they will do to themselves also. So instead of putting him (and obviously other "vollys") down, you should be trying to find a way to get down off your high horse without falling and be thankful for those willing to volunteer their time for free bc we luv it
  • by Tony Location: East on Sep 30, 2009 at 05:19 PM
    People - please show compassion for someone who has obviously put their life on the line to save others. Every profession is filled with a few who slip or fail under life's many stresses, and fire/EMS is quite a stress all by itself. I have no knowledge of this person or what all is involved, but I hope he gets the help he needs. We need to give him a chance to succeed, if it is what he seeks. Everyone deserves a second chance as long as they have not put others in immediate danger.
  • by Volunteer Firefighter's Girlfriend Location: Winterville on Sep 30, 2009 at 02:08 PM
    "To Somewhere" in Washington...Do you have a problem with volunteers??? Because If I am not mistaken the majority of county squads are VOLUNTEER firefighters and some EMT's so therefore if it wasn't for the volunteers a lot of the county squads would NOT be around. There are also volunteers that work on city/town squads as well. Volunteers do it out of the kindness of their hearts, they have regular jobs themselves but choose to spend their free time helping others. So how about instead of judging someone for being a volunteer firefighter or EMT, Thank them for helping you especially when times get tough/busy and the city squads can't be everywhere so the county squads get called in to help!!! May God Bless this EMT and get him the help that he needs.
  • by Rick Location: Belhaven on Sep 30, 2009 at 01:29 PM
    I sure would not like someone working on me that is on drugs. Would you? and for quick to judge I sure hope you don't fall out and need CPR and want someone taking drugs to work on you they just might forget how. Drugs do sometime have that effect.
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