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Paramedic accused of helping to steal vaccines

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Polk County Fire Rescue is reporting that a man recently named ‘Paramedic of the Year” has been accused of helping his supervisor steal COVID vaccinations meant for other first responders in the area.

31-year-old Joshua Colon was arrested on Monday after authorities discovered that he forged vaccination screenings and consent forms to gain access to the vaccine and to cover his tracks.

It was reported that Colon received three vials containing 10 doses of the Moderna vaccine and was directed to administer the shots to other first responders in the Davenport fire station. At the end of his shift on January 6th, Colon wrote that he administered 28 of the vaccines and that two of them were no good.

Authorities began investigating Colon after a battalion Chief noticed several discrepancies in the paperwork including a false name and two firefighters who were said to have been vaccinated but who had not been.

When authorities spoke to Colon, he told authorities that the captain of the fire department asked him to take the vaccines.

He has since been arrested and charged with felony counts of uttering a false instrument, criminal use of personal identification, creating a fictitious person and falsifying an official record as a public servant.

Authorities are also reporting that the captain is currently on assignment in California but when he returns home, he will be arrested.