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St. Petersburg fire lieutenant stole coronavirus vaccine for relative, police say

Duane Zagorsky was eligible to get a dose of the vaccine himself but took an extra one valued at $39 from the city’s vaccine distribution center, police said.
A fire lieutenant in St. Petersburg has entered a diversion program that will keep his theft of a coronavirus vaccine dose off his criminal record, police said.
A fire lieutenant in St. Petersburg has entered a diversion program that will keep his theft of a coronavirus vaccine dose off his criminal record, police said. [ JOHN LOCHER | AP ]
Published Feb. 10
Updated Feb. 10

A St. Petersburg Fire Rescue lieutenant faces a misdemeanor theft charge for taking home a coronavirus vaccine dose to give a relative, police said.

Duane Zagorsky was eligible to get a dose of the vaccine himself but took an extra one valued at $39 from the city’s vaccine distribution center, 2333 34th St. S., St. Petersburg police said in a news release.

Zagorsky qualified for Pinellas County’s pre-arrest diversion program, and upon completion, the charge will be removed from his record, police said.

Fire Rescue Chief James Large asked that police investigate the case. An internal fire rescue investigation is still underway. Zagorsky has worked 15 years with fire rescue.

In January, a paramedic and a fire rescue captain in Polk County were arrested in connection with a coronavirus vaccine theft.

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