Illinois EMS workers charged with murder after patient's death in ambulance

11 months ago

Springfield news, Illinois news.

Two Illinois EMS workers were charged with murder following the accidental death of a patient while riding in an ambulance, authorities said.

Peggy Finley and Peter Cadigan are facing charges of first-degree murder in connection with the death of Earl Moore Jr. that occurred on Dec. 18 in a private ambulance.

The victim was suffering a hallucinatory episode when his family requested medical help. Finley and Cadigan were sent to his home to transport him to a local hospital.

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  • A police body camera placed inside the ambulance reportedly caught the two medics putting Moore on a paramedic stretcher face-down and restraining him with straps causing him to suffocate and die from asphyxiation.

    “For me, it's not about him being a Black man. It could have been a white family,” Springfield NAACP President Teresa Haley said.

    “If we were called in, we would have the same opinion. Everyone deserves to be treated with dignity and respect.”

    “What I must say is the Springfield Police Department did an awesome job and without the body cams we wouldn't have that information.”