Posted by: Idioma Extra | March 15, 2011

The Weird and the Wonderful

Excuse me? That’s my foot — even if it’s not still attached

Former paramedic sued for swiping appendage from scene of crash


A man who lost his foot and part of his leg in a 2008 crash on I-95 in St. Lucie County, Fla., is suing a paramedic who swiped the foot from the crash scene.

Cynthia “Cindy” Economou, a former St. Lucie County Fire District firefighter-paramedic, has admitted taking Karl Lambert’s foot after the Sept. 19, 2008, crash but says she took it to train her body recovery dog, according to

Economou was sentenced to six months probation in 2009 for second-degree petit theft in the foot swipe, though she told the court at the time that when she found the foot trapped in the wreckage an hour after Lambert was airlifted from the scene, it was unusable.

“It was an unrecognizable mass of flesh,” Economou said. “It wasn’t a clean cut. You couldn’t even recognize it as a foot…. If I had thought it was somehow re-attachable and usable, I would have gone to my commander.”

Economou, who left the department after the incident, said she didn’t mean to cause Lambert any pain.

The lawsuit, filed last week, seeks unspecified damages.

“[Economou’s act was] outrageous and went beyond the bounds of decency, was odious and utterly intolerable in a civilized society,” the lawsuit reads.

Word of the Day

pro·ba·tion: \prō-ˈbā-shən\
Origin: Middle English probacioun, from Middle French & Latin; Middle French probation, from Latin probation-, probatio, from probare
First Known Use: 15th century
1: critical examination and evaluation or subjection to such examination and evaluation
2 a: subjection of an individual to a period of testing and trial to ascertain fitness (as for a job or school); b: the action of suspending the sentence of a convicted offender and giving the offender freedom during good behavior under the supervision of a probation officer; c: the state or a period of being subject to probation

More Vocabulary

Appendage: n. a body part (such as an arm or a leg) connected to the main part of the body
Bound: n.
something that limits or restrains
Odious: adj.
arousing or deserving hatred or repugnance: hateful
Petit theft (petty theft): n.
theft of property or services whose value is below a specified amount
Sentence: n.
an authoritative decision; a judicial judgment or decree, especially the judicial determination of the punishment to be inflicted on a convicted criminal
Sue: v.
to institute a process in law against
Swipe: v.
to steal



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