UMMC investigating disparaging comments made by employee following officer's death

BALTIMORE, Md. - First responders are part of an impenetrable fraternity; their lives on that line many of us would never approach.

So when news of Officer First Class Jason Schneider's death started to spread, so did the tears.

"I filled up and I cried.  I didn't know Jason personally, but I do know him."

Because Schneider is a brother officer.

Long retired from Baltimore County, retired officer Mary Jo Rogers is still bonded to that codeā€¦that blue line.

"It hurts twice as bad when it is somebody from your own department, when it's a brother.  [And to see that post today is twisting the knife in your back a little bit?]  Absolutely. It makes it hurt even more, its salt in the wound," said Rogers.

That salt is a Facebook comment Rogers ran across early this morning on her page.

It appeared in a post about Officer Schneider's death and is laced with obscenities; calling all cops dirty.

Disparaging remarks made by an employee of the very same institution that tried to save his life.

The author Lisa Powell works at the University of Maryland Medical Center including a stint with Shock Trauma, the iconic institution that prides itself on the relationship it has with the law enforcement community.

Those words coming from a person like that started a swift firestorm of anger, rage and hurt.

Others, including those who worked with Powell in the past called the post a sad situation.

"I've seen her care for members of law enforcement and the fire department when we've had them as patients and I've never seen her be anything but professional when she is taking care of them."

Powell's former co-worker spoke with us on the condition of anonymity.

She says the reaction at the hospital ran the gamut from this being unfortunate to others calling for her termination.

A separate Facebook page was even set up to that end, it got 500 likes before it was taken down.

Powell is entitled to her opinion, but employees are briefed on social media policies and this was a particularly damaging breach.

"It's just a sad situation and it is even made more sad by the fact that it was posted soon after the officer was killed."

UMMC released a statement as did the Baltimore County Police Department, both can be found below.

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The University of Maryland Medical Center released the following statement regarding this issue:

"The comments attributed to our employee are disappointing and do not reflect the feelings of the University of Maryland Medical Center or our staff," the statement read. "It is with great pride that we serve the law enforcement community, who we consider to be our family, and we are all mourning the loss of Officer Schneider. 

"We are privileged to provide care to law enforcement, and are committed to taking the best possible care of every patient who comes through our doors. We are investigating this personnel matter and will take appropriate action."

Baltimore County police are also weighing in.  Spokeswoman Corporal Cathy Batton says, "For many years, we have taken our critically injured officers to Shock Trauma. We place our lives in their hands, and are amazed by the miracles they often perform. We have a tremendous working relationship with them. We are disappointed by the comments, but we have full confidence in their ability to address this situation appropriately."

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