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Feb 3, 2014 9:18 PM by Janine Reyes

Paramedic Paycheck Problems Prompt Emergency Services Meeting

CORPUS CHRISTI -- Paramedics in Bishop say they are having problems with their paychecks.

Some of them took their concerns about the city's ambulance service provider, Pro-Medic EMS to today's meeting of the Emergency Services Commission.

A representative for Pro Medic told the commission that Compass Bank rejected the last batch of paychecks because of fraud concerns in the Valley, he insisted the funds were there.

But employees told the commission that's just the latest excuse in what is an on-going problem for several months.

They tell 6 News that management told them if they attended the meeting they would be fired.

"We knew that this outcome was going to happen, but, I felt that it was important to speak for the people of Pro Medic that are actually here, the higher ups are always going to have more pull than we will," said John David Ramirez, who told 6 News he was an employee prior to attending the meeting. He added that he did not think the commission took their complaints seriously.

The commission took no action tonight.

Pro Medic representatives at the meeting refused to comment.

The ambulance service providers will meet commission members at the local Compass Bank tomorrow at 11 a.m. to share their financial statements and get to the bottom of the paycheck problem.

The board will evaluate those findings in their next regularly scheduled meeting Monday.

During the meeting the commission members did say they were upset former employees chose to call Nueces County to report the problem, rather than reach out to them directly.

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