The rise in violence in emergency rooms is climbing, however, security officers at St. Johns will have one less way to combat out of control situations by the end of the month.
According to hospital spokesman, Mike Peters, there are just a handful of security personnel that are commissioned, however, none carry firearms. In a recent NL article, Peters said, “(Hospital) accrediting agencies have expressed concern about (the use of) restraints, and Tasers are a form of restraint.”
This comes just a month after Cox North security officer, Monte Ruby, was kicked in the back of the head by an out of control patient. Ruby, died of his injuries several days later. The man accused of causing Ruby's injuries, Jeffrey Bolden, is set to appear in a Greene County courtroom on September, 19th. on charges of assault on a law enforcement officer and/or emergency personnel.