Part-time squad employee on unpaid leave pending outcome of state investigation

A part-time employee of the Jeb Stuart Rescue Squad is on unpaid leave pending the outcome of an investigation by the state Office of Emergency Medical Services.

Wren Williams, of Schneider & Williams, P.C. and the squad’s attorney, said Alex McNabb was placed on “immediate unpaid leave” effective Monday night, pending the conclusion of the state’s investigation.

Marian Hunter, public relations coordinator for the Virginia Department of Health’s Office of Emergency Medical Services, confirmed the investigation was launched following an anonymous complaint submitted on Nov. 26.

The investigation can take up to 60 days to complete, Hunter said.

“Since this is an active and open investigation, no additional details can be shared at this time,” she said in an emailed statement.

“I have never once been contacted by the Office of Emergency Services about an ongoing investigation,” said Derek Wagner, the squad’s captain.

Both Williams and Wagner said they learned about the investigation over the weekend from a media outlet.

News of the investigation was included in a story that was published by “The Huffington Post” on Saturday.

“It’s frustrating that we had to find out via “The Huffington Post,” Williams said.

The story alleges that McNabb, 35, is “a white supremist podcaster” and a frequent co-host of “The Daily Shoah,” which the article alleged is “a popular neo-Nazi podcast.”

The podcasts are McNabb’s full-time job, Wagner said, and explained that McNabb assumes a “fictional persona (Dr. Narcan) in the podcasts,” much as an actor would assume the identity of a character in a movie or television series.

McNabb also wrote in a statement sent to the HuffPost over Twitter that “Doctor Narcan is a work of fiction.”

In a November episode of the podcast, McNabb also said “It’s a professional duty. You have a … duty, to go out there and give 100 percent on every single call. It doesn’t matter what race or color or what situation it is,” according to the HuffPost.

The story stated that the “HuffPost found no direct evidence that McNabb treats patients differently due to their race, religion or sexual orientation.”

McNabb has worked for the squad as a part-time emergency medical technician since November 2017, Wagner said, adding that he also worked with McNabb at another agency in 2016. Additionally, McNabb also was employed by the former Pioneer Community Hospital of Patrick.

In all that time, “I have never seen him once maltreat any patient due to their ethnicity, sexual orientation, gender or beliefs,” Wagner said.

McNabb is one of seven part-time staff members, Wagner said. The squad also includes 22 volunteers and no full-time employees, he said.

Wagner explained soft billing revenues are tapped to pay salaries of all paid staff, including McNabb. Tax dollars and other revenue sources are used for other expenses, he said.

As the state continues their investigation, Wagner said squad leaders are researching their options to determine how to best protect the squad and to resolve the issue.

Although the squad has come under fire since the story was published, and regardless of anything and everything else going on, “our squad’s main priority is to respond to calls and to take care of patients, Wagner said. “Our goal is to take care of the patient to the best of our ability and ensure the best outcome for the patient.”

Anyone with questions or concerns may email Wagner at derek.wagner@jebstuartrescue.org.

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