New Ruling for Eunice Fire Chief

By: Sarah Snyder
NewsWest 9

EUNICE, NEW MEXICO - More fire chief fallout in Eunice. The state health department sent down a surprise ruling.

The New Mexico Department of Health told NewsWest 9 on Tuesday that Doctor Alfredo Vigil suspended Ron Grogan's paramedic license for a year effective January 4th. 

The State Licensing Commission made that recommendation a few months ago after allegations that Grogan inappropriately touched a female patient on an ambulance run.

Grogan appealed that decision and last month a state hearing officer sided with him saying the state could not prove Grogan acted inappropriately. 

On Tuesday state health officials suspended the license claiming that the woman was heavily medicated and couldn't make sound decisions and the touching was not for therapeutic purposes.

The state says those are both requirements for having a paramedics license in New Mexico. Grogan can appeal the ruling within the next 30-days with the state district court.