Update: Rescue director charged with drugs suspended in March
Jeremy Bouchard, the paramedic and clinical director of the Peterborough Fire and Rescue Department’s ambulance service who was charged last week with theft and possession of narcotic drugs, had his New Hampshire paramedic license suspended for 90 days earlier this year by the state.
According to Perry Plummer, director of the state’s Division of Fire Standards and Training and Emergency Medical Services, Bouchard’s license was suspended on March 5. He was found to have violated RSA 153-A:13 (d),which states that a license may be suspended for “knowingly making misleading, deceptive, untrue, or fraudulent representations in the practice of his or her profession, or engaging in unethical conduct or practice harmful or detrimental to the public. “
“All I can say is that he violated that statute,” Plummer said in a phone interview Thursday. “He went through a hearing process and the suspension was upheld on April 26.”
Plummer said the 90 day suspension was effective from March 5 to June 3. During that time, Bouchard was not licensed to work as a paramedic.
When the license was restored on June 3, Bouchard was put on a probationary period for 275 days. Plummer said the license was immediately suspended again on Aug. 6, when Bouchard was arrested.
Peterborough Town Administrator Pam Brenner said Thursday that she couldn’t comment on when the town learned of Bouchard’s suspension or what action was taken by the town in March, because the criminal case is under investigation.
Bouchard, who was placed on paid administrative leave by the town following last week’s arrest, allegedly took fentanyl and morphine belonging to Monadnock Community Hospital that had been documented as resupplies for the town’s ambulances on numerous occasions between August 2012 and August 2013, according to Peterborough police. He is due in court on Monday.
Plummer said that as a paramedic, Bouchard would have access to the narcotic drugs.
“EMT’s do not have access to narcotics, but paramedics do,” he said. “The narcotics carried on ambulances are in most cases property of the hospitals. They are required to be double locked and only paramedics will have the keys.”