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MI Paramedics, EMTs Claim Civil Rights Violations after ‘Dead’ Woman Found Alive at Funeral Home

Southfield (MI) Fire Department

Two firefighter-paramedics and two firefighter-EMTs with the Southfield (MI) Fire Department have filed a civil lawsuit against the state in connection to the Timesha Beauchamp case.

The men – Michael Storms, Scott Rickard, Phillip Mulligan and Jake Kroll – claim they were unfairly suspended following their treatment last month of a 20-year-old woman with cerebral palsy, WXYZ-TV reports.

Beauchamp’s family tried alerting the crew several times they believed she was still alive. Despite this, she was declared dead. A funeral home discovered Beauchamp was alive when she gasped while her body was being prepared for embalming.

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She remains in critical condition at the hospital.

Storms, Rickard, Mulligan, and Kroll were placed on paid administrative leave. Storms and Rickard’s paramedics licenses were suspended. Mulligan and Kroll were also notified their EMT licenses were to be suspended.

The four alleged the Michigan Department of Health and Human Services and the Oakland County Medical Control Authority violated their rights to due process and failed to give them an opportunity to defend their actions that night.