The head of the Omaha Firefighters Union may be taking an issue to Nebraska lawmakers that would include firefighters and EMT’s in a law similar to one already in effect for police officers. Law states now it is a felony to assault a police officer and Union President Steve LeClair wants that law to include firefighters.
Last July Omaha paramedics were called to assist a woman suffering from an apparent seizure. Justine DuBois had just been arrested by Omaha police for auto theft. On the way to the hospital DuBois pulled a gun from the waistband of her pants and two shots were fired during a struggle with the paramedic inside the ambulance. DuBois was hit in the leg and a bullet grazed the stomach of a paramedic.
In a plea deal four charges against DuBois were dropped including 2nd degree assault. LeClair wants the same standard of protection for firefighters and paramedics that is currently on the books for law enforcement.
DuBois will be sentenced on four other charges in January.