All emergency medical technicians have to act fast. They rush desperately ill people to the hospital before it's too late, and often deliver life-saving medical care in the process. Apparently, however, Tacoma EMT Mark Tosland was faster than most. According to state Department of Health charges released today, Tosland managed to do his job and try to pick up women--his patients, that is.
The second time, in June of that year, Tosland helped transport another woman to Tacoma General. He sweet-talked her enough that she agreed to let him visit her in the hospital, where she was scheduled to have back surgery.
What she undoubtedly never bargained for, though, is that Tosland would visit her while she was still mildly sedated from surgery. He kissed her, then lifted her hospital gown and fondled her, according to DOH.
The agency, charging him with unprofessional conduct and sexual misconduct, has suspended him pending a hearing. Tosland has not yet responded to a phone call seeking comment.