Tyre Nichols death: 2 fired Memphis Fire Department EMTs’ licenses suspended

MEMPHIS — Two Memphis Fire Department EMTs who were fired earlier in the week had their licenses suspended Friday by the state.

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Two former Memphis Fire Department EMTs Robert Long and JaMichael Sandridge had their licenses suspended Friday during an emergency meeting held by the Emergency Medical Services board, according to WHBQ. This decision came days after both Long and Sandridge were fired from the Memphis Fire Department following an internal investigation for their role in the death of Tyre Nichols.

According to The Associated Press, the reason that their licenses were suspended was that they failed to render critical aid to Nichols after he was beaten to death by five Memphis police officers.

Their suspensions are part of the efforts that authorities are making to “hold officers and other first responders accountable for the violence against Nichols,” according to the AP.

Five officers have been fired and charged with second-degree murder among other charges and two other officers have been suspended in connection to Nichols’ death. In addition to Long and Sandridge, former fire department Lt. Michelle Whitaker was also fired, according to the AP. Her license has not been considered for suspension on Friday.

It was determined after an internal investigation that Long, Sandridge and Whitaker had violated multiple department policies and protocols. Memphis fire Chief Gina Sweat said they were fired as a result of that investigation.

“Their actions or inactions on the scene that night do not meet the expectations of the Memphis Fire Department and are not reflective of the outstanding service the men and women of the Memphis Fire Department provide daily in our community,” Sweat said.