A former ‘Paramedic of the Year’ for St. Johns County in Florida admitted to police that he stole morphine from his rescue truck and shot himself up daily while on duty.
According to the Miami Herald, Matthew Hooker admitted to police that he forged a shift report that showed two doses of morphine being used on two separate calls. Hook, who was the supervisor on duty, told police that he used those doses on himself and forged the witness’ signature. He also admitted that he had been doing that for some time.
He was found out after another captain noticed the irregularities in April. He then called in the St. Johns County Sheriff’s Office to investigate.
Hooker was later arrested and charged after his admission.
As a paramedic, Hook was painted as a hero for not only beating cancer in 2010 but also winning the St. Johns County Paramedic of the Year award in 2016. He is also the son of a firefighter.
His license has been suspended by the Department of Health.
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