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EMT suspended after punching patient in the face multiple times

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(Marion County Jail)

The State of Florida has suspended an EMT-Paramedic’s certifications after he allegedly assaulted a patient near Ocala.

Kendal Evan Billings is no longer practicing emergency medicine after striking patient Terrence Dolan in December of 2018

Dolan, who had sustained injuries in a motorcycle wreck, had been uncooperative and was thrashing about, a common symptom of an individual suffering from head trauma.

A Nature Coast EMS student riding on the ambulance for clinicals reported that Billings -who had been kicked in the face while trying to restrain Dolan- punched the patient multiple times until he was unconscious.

The student then called his supervisors, according to Ocala.com, because he “knew it [the incident] was wrong.”

After police got involved, Billines denied hitting Dolan, but later claimed he “lost his cool because Dolan was threatening him.”

It is unknown when Billings will be allowed to practice medicine again, as his certification was pulled on March 8.

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