Joshua Colon, a Polk County Fire Department paramedic who was previously named “Paramedic of the Year,” is accused of helping a Moderna vaccine thief.
The Polk County sheriff’s office said Tuesday that the Florida man who was named the 2020 Paramedic of the Year admitted to investigators that he was involved in a scheme to steal the coronavirus vaccine. Joshua Colon, 21, was arrested Monday and charged with forgery, fraud and misconduct. He admitted to falsifying documents to conceal three pre-filled syringes of Moderna vaccine. The vaccine was to be received by Polk County EMTs.
Authorities contacted several names of the vaccine recipients listed on the forms and found that they were former firefighters who confirmed that they had not received the shots. Colon stated that he participated in the vaccine theft at the direction of his supervisor, Polk County Fire Capt. Anthony Damiano.
Colon told investigators that Damiano talked about wanting the vaccine for his mother and then threatened him when Colon did not give him the drug. Colon quit and then was arrested a few days later.