Officer who arrested U of U nurse fired as part-time paramedic

In this July 26, 2017, frame grab from video taken from a police body camera and provided by attorney Karra Porter, nurse Alex Wubbels is arrested by a Salt Lake City police officer at University Hospital in Salt Lake City. The Utah police department is making changes after the officer dragged Wubbels out of the hospital in handcuffs when she refused to allow blood to be drawn from an unconscious patient. (Salt Lake City Police Department/Courtesy of Karra Porter via AP)

(KUTV) Gold Cross Ambulance has fired Jeff Payne, the officer who arrested a nurse at the University of Utah.

Payne was a part time paramedic for the Utah ambulance service.The termination was announced in a press release Tuesday from Gold Cross that said in part, "...we take his inappropriate remarks regarding patient transports seriously." The company said it would "continue to maintain our values of outstanding patient focused care, safety, and the complete trust of the communities we serve."

The termination is effective immediately.

Payne has received national attention since he arrested nurse Alex Wubbles who denied him access to a patient to draw blood. She said his arrest was assault. Video of the arrest from Payne's body camera was released. Since Wubbles approached the media, University of Utah Hospital police, have issued an apology for not protecting her.

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