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Judge Dismisses Lawsuit Challenging Hospital Vaccine Mandate

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Employees of a Houston hospital who refused to take the coronavirus vaccine, despite orders from their employer, were left out in the cold Saturday after a judge tossed out their lawsuit against the hospital.

In March, Houston Methodist Hospital said all of its employees had to be vaccinated by June 7 to continue working there.

Marc Boom, president and CEO, has said 99 percent of the hospital’s 26,000 workers complied.

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However, 117 employees who refused to be vaccinated sued the hospital. U.S. District Court for the Southern District of Texas Judge Lynn N. Hughes threw out the suit saying that lead plaintiff and nurse Jennifer Bridges and her fellow workers had no case, according to NBC News.

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The lawyer for the employees, who were all suspended from their jobs on Tuesday, said the fight is not over.

“This is the first battle in a long fight,” attorney Jared Woodfill said, according to KHOU-TV.

“There are going to be many battles fought. Not just in this courtroom, but in courtrooms all across the state. There are battles that are going to be fought in the higher courts, the 5th Circuit, the Texas Supreme Court, even the United States Supreme Court. So this is just one battle in a larger war. It’s the first round, if you will,” he said.

The lawsuit claimed that requiring vaccination was a violation of the rights of employees. The lawsuit likened the requirement to be vaccinated to forced participation in a clinical trial, and a violation of an ethics standard known as the Nuremberg Code, created after World War II to ban experimentation on individuals without their consent.

Judge Hughes did not agree.

Hughes wrote that Bridges “is refusing to accept inoculation that, in the hospital’s judgment, will make it safer for their workers and patients in Methodist’s care.”

Hughes said workers were not being coerced.

“This is not coercion. Methodist is trying to do their business of saving [patients’] lives without giving them the COVID-19 virus. It is a choice made to keep staff, patients and their families safer,” he wrote.

He further rejected the contention that the vaccine was not approved by noting that it was approved for emergency use.

He also rejected the lawsuit’s reference to Nazi Germany.

“Equating the injection requirement to medical experimentation in concentration camps is reprehensible,” he wrote.

Bridges had said when she opposed taking the vaccine that “[p]eople trying to force you to put something into your body that you’re not comfortable with, in order to keep your job, is just insane,” to a KHOU-TV report from May 28.

“I’m not an anti-vax person. If you want to get it, by all means, get it. I don’t take that away from anybody. Just let everybody have a choice and the right to make their own decision,” Bridges said.

This article appeared originally on The Western Journal.

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Family Escapes Through 2nd-Story Window During Armed Standoff After Suspect Barricades Door: Report

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On July 25, in Auburn, Alabama, a man reportedly put his family, his neighborhood, first responders and himself in a very dangerous position. Calls came into the Auburn Police District around 7:00 p.m. reporting a domestic violence incident in the Camden Ridge Subdivision. When police arrived, the man reportedly began firing at them with a handgun. Police fired back, and the man retreated into the home, where he also had his family trapped in a room. Thanks to the police and fire department coming together and working smarter instead of harder, the situation was resolved without injury to the family members trapped upstairs. It was firefighter Andrew Kiser, Chief of Police Cedric Anderson and Shift Supervisor Lt. Cody Hill who were responsible for carrying out the daring rescue that helped bring the threat to an end. While the shooter refused to exit the house, the men carried a ladder to the house and set it up to reach one of the second-story windows, where they learned the man’s family had been trapped. While Anderson held the ladder steady, Hill climbed the ladder and Kiser assisted the family as they climbed out of the window. With the family out of the way, Lee County SWAT was able to enter the house and capture the suspect. He was taken to Baptist Medical Center South after he was found to have sustained what appeared to be a gunshot wound. “Auburn PD Alerts: Heavy Police Activity in the Camden Ridge Subdivision, in the area of Wedgewood Ct.,” a public safety alert for the area read, according to WRBL-TV. “The scene is secure at this time, NO ONGOING THREAT.” Auburn Assistant Police Chief Clarence Stewart praised the efforts of all involved, highlighting how each group present played an important role in…

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After Receiving Call About Blazing Attic Fire, Police Rescue Man Trapped Inside Smoke-Filled Bedroom

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A family in Marlboro Township, New Jersey, woke up just before midnight on Sunday and sensed something was wrong. They called 911 at around 11:38 p.m., reporting a “possible fire at the residence,” according to The Journal NJ. Officers Ryan Anzalone, Donna Gonzalez, Michael Morgante and Colin Murray with the Marlboro Township Police Department were first on the scene and quickly assessed the situation. They found smoke pouring out of the attic, but were relieved to see the family appeared to have exited the home. After a short time, though, the family realized one of their members was not with them, and was likely still trapped inside on the second floor. Gonzalez and Anzalone charged in and found the man, as described, in a bedroom on the second floor. By the time they got there, the room was “completely filled with smoke,” but they managed to rescue the resident. The fire department had a difficult time accessing the home due to the long, narrow driveway and a large landscaping rock. “While enroute Chief 2-66 was advised of heavy smoke from the attic,” the Robertsville Volunteer Fire Co. #1 posted on Facebook. “At the time the mutual aid response plan was put in place and the box alarm was requested to bring in initial assistance.” “Upon the arrival of 2-66 Chief advised the house was located down a 180 foot narrow driveway. Once engine 2-75 arrived there was trouble accessing the house due to a large ornamental boulder and trees. Members of the engine and police moved the 400lb boulder so the engine could get to the house and attack the fire. “As the incident progressed, the second alarm mutual aid plan was requested for this deep seated, hard to access attic fire.” The two officers who…

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