Harriman family upset over EMS worker’s Facebook post

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A Harriman family was upset on Tuesday after seeing a Facebook post they say was written by a Roane County EMS worker. It was written on the same day their loved one, Leon Raymond, died of a heart attack in their backyard chicken coop.

The post said, “Well we had a first… We worked a code in a chicken coop! Knee deep in chicken droppings…”

She continued talking about it in the comment section. She posted, “It was awful,” and “I’m pretty sure y’all could smell us in dispatch.” The family said the post was taken down, but they felt that was not enough.

“If she has no compassion for a family that has just lost their husband, father, grandfather, she doesn’t need to be on the job,” said Kathy Raymond.

Raymond found her husband motionless in their backyard chicken coop. She performed CPR, but her husband of 32 years was gone. She said it did not make it easier when she and her daughter Samantha came across the post.

“That’s my dad, my only dad, and you don’t make fun of someone who has died,” said Samantha.

Raymond said she tried calling Roane County EMS Tuesday morning and she was still waiting to hear back as of Tuesday afternoon. WATE 6 On Your Side called the director of Roane County EMS several times and reached out to the responding EMS worker, but has not yet gotten a response.

WATE 6 On Your Side’s health care expert Craig Griffith said if a person gives enough information where a neighbor or friend could figure out who it is, there could be a HIPAA violation.

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