Peterborough paramedic loses license for second time
PETERBOROUGH — A Fire and Rescue employee who was arrested for allegedly stealing narcotic drugs earlier this month has had his paramedic license suspended for the second time this year.
Clinical Director Jeremy Bouchard, 34, of Antrim was arrested on Aug. 3 and charged with possession and theft of fentanyl and morphine, which was stocked in the town ambulances by Monadnock Community Hospital.
The charges led state Division of Fire Standards and Training and Emergency Medical Services to suspend Bouchard’s paramedic license. Division Bureau Chief Jeff Phillips said Friday that Bouchard was suspended for 90 days in March 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.”
Because he was still on probation with the division when he was arrested Aug. 3, he was suspended again without a hearing, Phillips said.
Phillips would not say what offense constituted the first violation of this law but did said he is currently suspended under the same RSA.
Phillips said he does not know the level of awareness town officials had of the earlier violation, but said they would have been notified at the time of the suspension.
Bouchard was released on $50,000 personal recognizance bail.
After his arrest, town officials placed him on paid leave so he continues to receive his $54,000 annual salary.
Town Administrator Pam Brenner said Monday she could not comment on Bouchard’s personnel record or what action the town took when Bouchard’s license was suspended earlier this year.
She would not say if he was placed on leave during the earlier suspension, but said that because he didn’t have a license he did not act in the capacity as a paramedic for the town.
Bouchard was hired by the town as a per diem paramedic in 2009 and was appointed a full-time employee of the department in Nov. 2011.