Former state EMS Assn. director being investigated for unaccounted for narcotics

2010-01-19T06:00:00Z 2013-12-18T13:55:54Z Former state EMS Assn. director being investigated for unaccounted for narcoticsSTEPHANIE JONES Journal Times

RACINE COUNTY - The Racine County Sheriff's Department is investigating the Wisconsin EMS Association's former executive director for a report of unaccounted for narcotics, according to the sheriff's department.

Don Hunjadi, who was president of the Wind Lake Volunteer Fire Company from 1989 to 2007, was suspended from both the Wind Lake Volunteer Fire Company and the Wisconsin EMS Association, according to officials and an EMS publication. He resigned from the EMS Association effective Dec. 31, according to an EMS Association publication.

The investigation started after Hunjadi crashed his truck into a field around 8:30 a.m. Oct. 13. He was driving on East Wind Lake Road and veered off the side of the road, according to the accident report.

"This incident and Don's recovery brought many previously unknown facts to light which has resulted in an ongoing investigation by Racine County Sheriff's investigators and a federal investigator," according to a Jan. 8 Wisconsin EMS Association publication. The president of the Wisconsin EMS Association - an association which has more than 7,000 individual members and represents several hundred Wisconsin EMS service and fire departments - did not return calls for comment.

The accident was due to reduced alertness and a drug and alcohol test were not given, the accident report said.

A week after the crash, Racine County Sheriff's Department Lt. Dan Klatt said the sheriff's department received a report from an individual connecting Hunjadi to unaccounted for narcotics. Klatt said he could not say who made the report or what he meant by unaccounted for narcotics.

He did say he believes that Hunjadi had authority to order narcotics through his EMS positions.

The same month as the crash, Hunjadi was suspended from the fire company due to issues with record keeping, said Rob Robins, fire chief for the Wind Lake Volunteer Fire Company.

Hunjadi was the EMS captain for the fire company at the time and as captain Hunjadi was in charge of training drills and ensuring procedures were up to date, Robins said. Hunjadi also had authority to order medications, he said. Robins said his fire company is still investigating the record keeping issues.

Hunjadi could not be reached for comment.

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