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'Paramedic of the Year' accused of helping to steal COVID-19 vaccine in Florida

Joshua Colon forged paperwork to cover up theft, sheriff says
Posted at 7:01 PM, Jan 26, 2021
and last updated 2021-01-26 19:05:07-05

BARTOW, Fla. — Officials say a Florida man who had been recently named "Paramedic of the Year" helped a supervisor steal COVID-19 vaccines meant for first responders.

Polk County Sheriff Grady Judd said in a news conference Tuesday that 31-year-old Joshua Colon forged paperwork to help cover up the theft of 30 doses of the Moderna vaccine.

Colon was arrested on Monday. He has resigned from the fire department.

Colon told investigators a captain with the fire department asked him to take the vaccine.

Judd says the captain will be arrested when he returns home from a work assignment. The investigation began when a battalion chief noticed discrepancies in the vaccine paperwork.