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A Man Died After EMS Workers Put Him Face Down On A Gurney Police Say. Now, They're Charged With Murder.

Source: Sangamon County Sheriff's Department; MEGA

Peter Cardigan and Peggy Finley.

Jan. 11 2023, Published 12:00 p.m. ET

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Two Illinois EMS workers who police say loaded a man onto a gurney face down are being charged with first-degree murder.

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According to the Sangamon County State Attorney's Office, Earl L. Moore, 35, died while he was in the care of Lifestar EMS workers Peter Cardigan and Peggy Finley.

State Attorney Dan Wright said that the EMS workers went to the man's home on December. He said Cardigan and Finley put Moore face down on the gurney and tightened the straps. At 3:14 p.m. on Dec. 18, Moore died at a hospital.

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According to the coroner's office, an autopsy showed that Moore died from compressional and positional asphyxia after being placed face down on the paramedic transpiration stretcher due to tightened straps across the back.


NCAACP President Tereasa Haley, said police responded after they received a 911 call from a family member of Moore. The family members told police that Moore was not intoxicated and that he was instead detoxing.

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Police attempted to calm Moore down before the EMS workers showed up and allegedly put him face down on the gurney.

"What I must say is the Springfield Police Department did an awesome job and without the body cams we wouldn't have this information."

According to WAND News, Cardigan and Finely are being held in the Sangamon County Jail on $1 million bond.


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