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Orlando firefighter fired for audio recording of EMS call involving city official

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Darlene Jones, WFTV-TV:

An Orlando firefighter was fired Tuesday over allegations he violated the federal Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act.

Joshua Granada admitted he used his cell phone to record a medical call involving Commissioner Regina Hill. Only audio was captured in the recording.

Granada told his supervisors and the Union president in the email that he recorded audio for his protection because he saw, “a scene deteriorating and a patient becoming belligerent toward the crew.”

Granada also cited an Orange County paramedic being accused of lewd acts by his inebriated female patient in the past.

Fire administration only learned about the incident because Granada admitted in his apology that the recording was deleted after he allowed those who weren’t at the scene to hear it during dinner at the firehouse.

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