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Former EMT instructor pleads guilty to falsely certifying that EMTs attended training classes

A former emergency medical technician instructor accused of allowing police officers, firefighters, and other EMTs to sign attendance sheets for state-required refresher classes, even though they did not attend, pleaded guilty in Suffolk Superior Court on Friday, authorities announced today.

Thomas Codair Sr., 50, of Medford, was sentenced to two-and-a-half years in a house of correction. He was also fined $4,000. Codair was charged with four counts of Office of Emergency Medical Services violations and one count of conspiracy to commit such violations. Superior Court Judge Janet L. Sanders suspended Codair’s sentence provided that he does not violate probation for one year.

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“This defendant put the public’s health and safety at risk by running a scheme that falsely certified emergency personnel,” Attorney General Martha Coakley said in a statement. “Proper certification ensures that emergency personnel are properly trained and equipped with the medical skills necessary for emergency treatment.”

An investigation by Coakley’s office discovered that Codair, a former EMT who taught four training courses between 2006 and 2009, allowed several EMTs to sign the course attendance sheet without actually attending the required training course.

“Codair then submitted the rosters to OEMS [Office of Emergency Medical Services], falsely certifying all signers’ attendance at those course, thus enabling the signers to qualify for recertification,” Coakley’s office said in a statement.

Four top executives from LifeLine Ambulance in Woburn were also charged in connection with Codair’s scheme. Brian Connor, 50, of Arlington, Jonathan Kulis, 37, of Wilmington, Michael McPherson, 38, of Billerica, and Brian O’Connor, 39, of Woburn, are each charged with one count of an Office of Emergency Medical Services violation and one count of conspiracy to commit such a violation. The case against them is ongoing, according to Coakley’s office.

Colin A. Young can be reached at colin.young@globe.com.
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