From Sun Staff and News Services
WILMINGTON -- An Arlington man suspected of killing his twin sons and their mother before taking his own life had previously worked as a paramedic for a Wilmington-based ambulance company, according to published and broadcast reports.
Twin brothers Colt and Cameron Jones, who would have turned 1 on Tuesday, had their throats slashed and their mother, Mei Kum Jones, 43, was "probably strangled" by the her husband and twins' father, Scott Jones, also 43, who then took his own life in the family's Arlington apartment, according to two law-enforcement officials who were briefed on the investigation, the Boston Globe reported.
According to information broadcast by WHDH-TV reporter Jonathan Hall, Scott Jones was employed as an EMT for Action Ambulance of Wilmington for eight years, starting in 1998 and ending in 2007, including a one-year hiatus taken in 2003. He worked at the Stoneham Fire Department where Action has a location. Records at the Mass. Registry of Motor Vehicles show Jones was arrested in December 2007, less than a week after his license was suspended, for failing to pay child support to his first wife, according to the Channel 7 report.
During Jones' eight years of employment by Action Ambulance, "Scott was a good employee. He was a good field provider. There is nothing that would indicate any red flags in his file," said Mike Woronka, CEO of Action Ambulance, as quoted by WHDH-TV news. "(His) truck always had to be spotless, so he was always cleaning the truck. His checklists were always done on time and meticulously."
In 2001, Jones received a letter of recognition for heroism from then-Rep. Edward Markey, who awarded Jones the "Star of Life" award for his ambulance work after the office shooting at Edgewater Technology in Wakefield in which seven people were killed.
Jones had planned to become a radiology technician at the time he left Action Ambulance, the CEO told WHDH-TV. Woronka does not know whether Jones followed through with that plan, he said.
Last month, Jones had filed a whistleblower lawsuit against his most recent former employer, LifeLine Ambulance, of Woburn, claiming the company fired him for complaining about a faulty medication pump that had endangered the life of a disabled woman.
LifeLine Ambulance CEO Brian J. Connor didn't immediately respond to messages left on his cellphone and office phone Tuesday.
According to court records cited in the Globe report, Jones ex-wife said he had attempted suicide at least twice. His ongoing struggles with drug and alcohol abuse caused him to lose custody of his children, the ex-wife said.
Information from the Associated Press was used in this report.