EMT fired for Tyre Nichols response previously worked in Chattanooga

Memphis Fire Department / JaMichael Sandridge
Memphis Fire Department / JaMichael Sandridge

A Memphis EMT fired for his involvement in the death of Tyre Nichols previously worked for the Chattanooga Fire Department, a Chattanooga official said Friday.

JaMichael Sandridge was terminated from the Memphis Fire Department following an internal investigation into the incident, the department said in a statement this week. Sandridge's conduct "violated numerous MFD Policies and Protocols," the statement from Chief Gina Sweat said.

Sandridge worked for the city from February 2014 to September 2019, when he resigned in good standing, according to the city attorney’s office. He had no reported disciplinary infractions during that time.

Sandridge and another EMT responding "failed to conduct an adequate patient assessment of Mr. Nichols," the department said.

"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," the statement said.

Two other department employees were also fired as a result of the internal investigation.

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