Alex McNabb Who Made Racist Comments on a White Supremacist Podcast loses His Job
Jeb Stuart Rescue Squad let go of emergency medical technician Alex McNabb months after racist remarks emerged on a podcast in which he associated black patients to gorillas and claimed to take “immense satisfaction” as he “terrorized” an African-American boy with a needle.
Wren Williams, lawyer for the rescue squad of Patrick County, Virginia, sent a statement from the board saying, “At executive sessions, the pros and cons of Mr. McNabb's ongoing relationship with the squad was discussed, a legal opinion from outside legal counsel was shared among the board members, and the board members expressed their personal thoughts.”
The board did not say precisely why McNabb was fired, but it did so after Sunday's deliberations in an executive session. Two days after news reports of his remarks surfaced, the squad put McNabb on unpaid leave in December.
In an investigation focused solely on whether “any alleged violations of Virginia's EMS laws have occurred,” the department said, McNabb was cleared of wrongdoing by the Virginia Department of Health last month.
Such regulations stipulate that “EMS workers may not discriminate on the basis of race, sex, ethnicity, age, national origin, medical condition or any other cause.”
After a two-month review in which fellow personnel were interviewed and patient care reviewed, the health department concluded that it “determined that there is no substantive evidence to support any violation of the EMS regulations.
Upon receiving anonymous reports about him using racist and anti-semitic language on social media, the department started investigating McNabb last year. The complaints expressed concerns that patients of color might be harming or mistreating.
The remarks, which McNabb later claimed to be a “work of fiction” on Facebook, sparked a debate about whether he could provide adequate care to vulnerable patients, minorities and Jews.
In an October 4, 2016 interview, first mentioned by the Huffington Post, McNabb talks of an emergency call to what he described as a black apartment complex dubbed “Ebola Alley” by medics. Using Dr. Narcan's identity, he refers to a black woman as a shaved “Harambe,” the name of a famous gorilla.
While McNabb has maintained his words were all part of a fictional story, he told his podcast co-hosts in 2016 that “both these stories are real” after describing a diabetic ER patient and a doctor who collects toenails.
Later on in the same episode, in a story by Dr. Narcan which McNabb does not mark as fact or fiction, he talks about “an unruly, young African-American male boy” who needed blood drawn. “Yeah, guess who was willing to take (his) blood?” said McNabb. “Dr. Narcan felt tremendous, immense satisfaction as he terrorized this young man with a needle and thus stabbed him in the arm with a large-gage IV catheter.”
In an interview conducted by the Virginia Department of Health officials, McNabb was asked if he had “intentionally or unintentionally done anything that could be perceived as racist in patient care?”
McNabb responded, “Not at all. I was extremely vocal about how something like this wouldn’t happen.