Monroe County Trauma Star Helicopter Paramedic Arrested

Monroe County Trauma Star Paramedic Damian Roberto Suarez 44, of Miami was arrested for his part in a narcotics theft investigation. A couple of weeks ago his co-worker and chief flight nurse Lynda Rusinowski, 56, was charged with two counts of grand theft of a controlled substance, two counts of obtaining a controlled substance by fraud, and two counts of official misconduct. Allegedly, Suarez knew what was going on and was arrested for tampering with evidence and official misconduct.

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Suarez lied to Monroe County detectives about his knowledge of an ongoing investigation into the theft of narcotics from the Trauma Star facility. He also deleted text messages and pictures from his cell phone that were relevant to the investigation after he was specifically told not to do so.

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The investigation into the missing narcotics began in July of this year after Monroe County Fire Rescue reported drugs were missing from the Trauma Star hanger in the city of Marathon, and discrepancies were found in the drug inventory logbook.

Monroe County Sheriff Rick Ramsay had this to say about the investigation:

“Although this is a troubling case, it does not reflect the vast majority of the men and women at Monroe County Fire Rescue. That said, anyone who obstructs a criminal investigation under these circumstances will be held accountable.”

This is not the first time there were discrepancies with the controlled substance log, or missing narcotics at the Trauma Star facility.

Suarez was booked into the Monroe County Jail and held on a $10,000 Bond.


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