An Acadian Ambulance EMT is responding tonight after backlash following controversial posts made on his Instagram page. The posts that were given to KATC appear to be memes that were shared that were violent and racist in nature, and directed towards those protesting.
Jamie Bergeron, who is also a Cajun musician, has an Instagram page which is now private. We asked him about the posts, and he expressed remorse, giving the following statement:
I am sorry that some took offense to this. This definitely was not my intention or a reflection of Acadian Ambulance or myself. For 30 years, I have worked as a passionate paramedic for Acadian Ambulance and have cared for all walks of life. When I walk up to a scene, I treat the patient; I see no color. Outside of my medical career, I have also extended myself doing numerous benefits along with helping those in need. Some of my closest and lifelong friends are people of color. I have funded some of these friends in starting their own successful businesses. I would ask that people consider my many years of saving lives and helping people - of all races. That is my heart and that is me. Judge me from that. I pray that the unrest in this world comes to a peaceful end and we all to love and respect each other.
Acadian Ambulance also issued the following statement:
It has been brought to our attention that an employee of Acadian Ambulance posted content on their personal social media feed that included offensive or insensitive content. Acadian unequivocally does not agree with the actions and posts made and we have taken swift and immediate action. The post has been removed.
All Acadian employees are subject to a very strict professional conduct and social media policy. We take any violations of this policy very seriously. We have addressed this issue with the employee and have instructed them to remove the posts immediately. Furthermore, the employee is subject to disciplinary action including, and up to, termination. We do not condone, and will not tolerate, any behavior by our employees that is racist or discriminatory in any way.
Acadian’s motto, Knowing Life Matters, is more than a slogan, it is a dedication and commitment to caring for all of the people in the communities we are entrusted to serve. As a company - and as a tapestry of 4,800 employee-owners who are dedicated to saving and protecting lives - we recognize that we must confront systemic discrimination of all forms. Let us be unequivocally clear, at Acadian Ambulance, we believe Black Lives Matter. It is our individual and collective responsibility to strive to make our communities more loving, caring, just and equal. It is our sincere hope that, by working together, we can open our minds to love in place of hate, and in friendship in place of fear.
We’d like to reassure the public that we will swiftly and vigorously investigate and act upon any actions by our employees that are in violation of our values. Last week, our CEO released a “Message of Hope” to our employees. We’d like to share it with you. Please report any concerning posts or actions by employees to firstname.lastname@example.org.
This is "Richard Zuschlag - A message of hope. 202
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