Former Etowah County Rescue Squad captain indicted in drowning


ETOWAH COUNTY, Ala. (WIAT) — The former captain of the Etowah County Rescue Squad was arrested on an indictment related to the drowning of squad member Vicky Ryan during a rescue attempt, a press release from the Etowah County Sheriff’s Office says.

49-year-old Michael Erin Bettis of Gadsden is charged with one count of criminally negligent homicide.

The release reads in part: “The indictment stems from an incident, that occurred April 25, 2015, where a rescue squad member died after a boat she was in capsized.  The victim was part of an apparent recovery attempt on Big Wills Creek, near Brooke Avenue.”

According to Sheriff Todd Entrekin, the indictment cam down recently from the Etowah County Grand Jury.

Bettis is reportedly being held on $2,500 bond.

Copyright 2015 WIAT 42 News

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