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Jail time recommended for Florida ‘paramedic selfie war’

Was this foreshadowing? Three years before her arrest in the “paramedic self-wars” case, Kayla Dubois was reprimanded for this picture which supervisors felt “could be conceived as suggestive in nature.”

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While this isn’t a pure SMACSS (social media assisted career suicide syndrome) case (because the pictures and video apparently weren’t shared on social media) the concept is still the same. And now this stupidity with cameras in ambulances could put two former Florida paramedics in jail. It’s easy to see how such a sentence is well-deserved.

Since these two like selfies so much, I again gladly share the images of Kayla Dubois and Christopher Wimmer, as snapped by the Okaloosa County Sheriff’s Office (below), in hopes that no one ever hires them again for such a position of trust.

(NOTE: Let me apologize ahead of time for my snarky tone. I’m not normally a vindictive person who likes to kick people when they are down. Just something about this case pushes my buttons.)

Tony Judnich,

Two former Okaloosa County paramedics soon could go to jail because of their so-called “selfie war” that began in September 2015 and continued into the following spring.

Kayla Renee Dubois, 25, of Navarre, will be sentenced Aug. 14 and Christopher Robert Wimmer, 34, of Crestview, will be sentenced Sept. 19 by Circuit Judge William Stone.

Authorities say the defendants used their personal cellphones to photograph or videotape themselves with 41 people who were intubated, sedated or otherwise unconscious while being treated on the scene or in an ambulance.

Dubois recently pleaded no contest to two misdemeanor counts of interception and disclosure of oral communications. Wimmer pleaded no contest to seven felony counts of interception and disclosure of oral communications and one misdemeanor count of battery. The battery charge stemmed from a Feb. 22, 2016, incident in which he allegedly held open the eyelids of a sedated 26-year-old woman for a selfie.

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Kayla Dubois & Christopher Wimmer

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