Assaulted By Patient, Pregnant Paramedic Loses Child


Thursday, January 24th 2013, 6:53 pm
By: News 9


This was supposed to be a magical time for Joanna and Timothy Hickerson. The husband and wife paramedic team already had the ultrasound pictures of their bundle of joy posted on Facebook. But just a few days ago, Joanna miscarried after being involved with an out of control patient a month ago.

According to the police report, both Joanna and Tim got a call for help to this Walgreens at NW 23rd and May Ave. from Ronald Heatly.

When the paramedic couple arrived, they found Heatly inside the store and he came out willingly, but it was when he came outside and into the ambulance that things went south.

According to court records, Heatly was "acting very paranoid, was dehydrated and was HIV positive". Once hooked up to the IV, he "became agitated" and started "swinging his legs and arms around" at the pregnant paramedic, "striking her in the stomach".

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"These paramedics did absolutely nothing wrong," said MSGT. Gary Knight, with the Oklahoma City Police Department. "They showed up and were trying to help somebody, and as a result, unfortunately ended up losing their child."

Heatly was booked in on misdemeanor assault charges, but is out of jail. He has since moved out of the apartment where he used to live and was in the process of being evicted. Those who live and work here say they remember him as being very weird.

"There was a lot of stuff he would say, like he was best friends with Mariah Carey and worked for Ellen Degeneres," said one apartment worker who did not want to be identified. "He was really paranoid. He thought someone was after him."

Now even strangers are now grieving the couples' loss.

"Pretty sure she was expecting joy and then this crazy guy ruined everything," said the anonymous worker.

The District Attorney's office is still investigating what charges, if any, will be filed in this case. This marks Oklahoma City's 4th homicide of the year.