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Firefighter accused of taking crash victim's foot

By Allison Bybee email
Posted by Rachel Leigh email

FORT PIERCE, FL (AP) It's a bizarre story: An amputated part of a leg taken from an accident scene, missing for days, has been found.

The accused is a St. Lucie County firefighter who put it in a freezer.

Karl Lambert of Melbourne lost control of his car and slammed into a tree on I-95 at mile marker 117. He was badly beaten up.

Raymond Christian described, "He had to be cut out of the vehicle. In the process of doing that they had to severe his left leg three inches before the knee."

Lambert's Attorney said he was flown to St. Mary's Medical Center, but his leg didn't follow.

Lambert was told Wednesday a female firefighter took it from the scene. "It's not normal for remains or piece, or parts, to be removed from accident scene other than by the appropriate authority."

St. Lucie County Fire District officials immediately sprung into action. "Once it reached the level of the fire chief, Chief Parrish, he started an internal investigation."

Along with their investigation to find out the truth behind the story, Florida Highway Patrol started its own case.

Right now, all Karl Lambert knows is what he was told. It didn't come with him, and it was put in someone's freezer. "It's eery isn't it; it's kind of creepy - no question about it."

Obviously, Karl was distressed. He lost his leg, and his first concern was, "Could it have been attached?"

St. Lucie Fire officials say the firefighter was not a rookie. Right now, she is still on the job pending the outcome of the investigation. We have learned the firefighter worked with cadaver dogs on the side.

Lambert's attorney right now is looking at insurance coverage and doing their own investigation before filing any lawsuit.

We have been told the leg is finally at St. Mary's Medical Center.

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