A St. Lucie County Fire District firefighter told police he watched a 19-year-old woman as she showered inside the firehouse around 2:00 Thursday morning. The woman is a paramedic intern.
WPBF-TV reports it was initially told a recording device was found in the women’s bathroom and that all staff members on the shift were taken to the Fort Pierce Police Department for fingerprinting when no one immediately claimed responsibility. There is no further word on whether a device was found.
A St. Lucie County Fire District firefighter admitted to spying on a 19-year-old female paramedic intern as she showered at Station 15, the Fire District stated Friday.
Police are investigating the incident, and the firefighter is on unpaid administrative leave.
A Fire District battalion chief told police about 2 a.m. Thursday that the woman said she was showering when she saw someone looking down at her from the ceiling, the report shows.
The report of the incident at the fire station in the 700 block of Avenue D is heavily redacted. The victim indicated she wanted to press charges.
The Fire District has weathered its share of unusual stories over the years, including the case of Cindy Economou, the firefighter arrested after removing the severed portion of a man’s leg from a September 2008 Interstate 95 crash scene to train her cadaver dog. She was sentenced in May 2009 to six months’ probation on a charge of second-degree petit theft.
Also last year, two firefighters — Edward Gonzalez and Edward J. Nobles II — were arrested on marijuana-related charges.
Statement from Chief Ron Parrish, St. Lucie County Fire District:
Early Thursday morning, March 18, a St. Lucie County firefighter was accused of spying on a female paramedic intern while she showered at a fire station. Immediately after the incident the Ft. Pierce Police Department was called to investigate. The firefighter has subsequently admitted to his actions.
This behavior is unacceptable and the firefighter is on unpaid administrative leave. The final disciplinary outcome, up to termination, is pending subject to the employee’s due process rights.
To the female victim, who is a paramedic intern, this incident should never have occurred and is inexcusable behavior. The District hopes the actions of one firefighter will not affect her future career choices.