A Navarre woman was arrested Thursday morning, July 21, in connection with a “selfie” competition between her and a co-defendant involving unconscious patients of Okaloosa County EMS, where they both worked.
Former Okaloosa County EMS paramedic Kayla Renee Dubois is charged with two counts of third degree felony interception and disclosure of oral communications after an investigation turned up selfies and videos taken by her phone of the 24-year-old posing with patients in the back of ambulances.
Also involved in the “selfie war” was former Okaloosa County EMS Christopher Wimmer. The 33-year-old is being booked to Okaloosa Jail on seven counts of the same charge.
According to Okaloosa County Sheriff’s Office (OCSO) reports, the images involved some patients that were sedated and unconscious, including images in which Wimmer lifted the eye lid of an unconscious patient. Investigators also say he posed with an elderly woman with her breast exposed.
He faces misdemeanor battery charges as well.
The images feature 41 male and female patients ranging from 24 to 86 years old. Two of the patients are now dead, and five are homeless. Many of the patients involved were sedated, intoxicated or otherwise unconscious.
In the texts the two allegedly challenged each other to “step up” their game.
The images were shared with other employees, and three EMS employees reported the issue, prompting the investigation.
Dubois was fired from the paramedic position May 20, and Wimmer resigned the same day.