(CNN)An emergency medical technician who was placed on unpaid leave after racist comments surfaced of him comparing black patients to gorillas and claiming to take "immense satisfaction" as he "terrorized" an African-American boy with a needle has been cleared of wrongdoing by the Virginia Department of Health.
Virginia EMT who spewed racist remarks cleared by Department of Health
The Virginia health department's investigation focused on whether "any alleged violations of Virginia's EMS regulations have occurred," the agency said in a statement. Those regulations stipulate that "EMS personnel may not discriminate ... based on race, gender, religion, age, national origin, medical condition or any other reason."
After a two-month investigation in which fellow employees were interviewed and patient care was investigated, the health department said it "determined that there is no substantial evidence to support any violation of the EMS regulations" and closed the case.
The department began investigating EMT Alex McNabb after anonymous complaints about him spewing racist and anti-Semitic rhetoric on social media. The complaints expressed concerns he could be harming or mistreating patients of color.
McNabb, a part-time EMT in Patrick County, Virginia, has commented frequently on a white supremacist podcast called "The Daily Shoah." McNabb is a frequent co-host of the podcast, whose title mocks the Holocaust.
The comments, which McNabb, 35, later claimed on Twitter to be a "work of fiction" ignited a debate over whether he can render adequate care to vulnerable, minority and Jewish patients.
McNabb's Twitter account has since been suspended, but in December McNabb would not comment directly to CNN beyond indicating in a tweet that he was undergoing a "character assassination attempt."
Using an alter-ego named "Dr. Narcan" on the podcast, McNabb repeatedly called black people "dindus," a slur combining the words "didn't" and "do" -- a reference to black people who claim they are mistreated by the justice system.
In one podcast from October 4, 2016, first reported by the Huffington Post, McNabb tells of an emergency call to what he characterized as a black apartment complex that medics call "Ebola Alley." Using the Dr. Narcan persona, he refers to a black woman a