Questions swirl around West paramedic's arrest

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by TODD UNGER

WFAA

Posted on May 13, 2013 at 9:23 PM

Updated Monday, May 13 at 9:30 PM

WEST, Texas -- Questions and speculation continue to mount in West over the arrest of former EMS worker Bryce Reed, 31.

According to a federal affidavit, Reed was arrested in connection with bomb making materials. Authorities haven't publicly linked him to the fire or explosion at the fertilizer plant on April 17 that killed 15 people.

His wife, Brittany, in a series of Facebook messages said she is cooperating fully with law enforcement and that she has been cleared of any wrongdoing.

She wouldn't go into specifics about her husband's case, or what she knew ahead of his arrest.

His attorney said over the weekend Bryce Reed would plead not guilty to the charges. He also said Reed had no involvement in the explosion at the plant.

Reed was one of the key personnel during the first few hours after the explosion.

But two days after the explosion, he was no longer a volunteer with the local EMS crew. The circumstances surrounding his leaving aren't entirely clear.

Calls to the West EMS head Tom Marek weren't returned on Monday.

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