EMTs robbed at gunpoint responding to phony 911 call from public housing project

EMTs robbed at gunpoint responding to phony 911 call from public housing project
New York City public housing project

At a time when the Left is obsessed with reducing the federal prison population by decriminalizing “lesser” offenses, the criminal population is busy inventing new reasons why they should stop trying so hard. Early Saturday morning, an EMS unit from a hospital in Brooklyn was dispatched in response to a 911 call to a low-income housing project where a person was said to be experiencing seizures. When paramedics arrived at the provided address, they were greeted by an armed gunman who demanded that they hand over their equipment.

According to NBC New York, the suspect got away with two EMT radios, a tech bag, and medical equipment. If the perp was hoping to score some drugs, he was barking up the wrong tree. The only drugs paramedics carry with them on emergency calls are things like epinephrine for anaphylaxis, albuterol for asthma, and nitroglycerine for chest pain.

“It’s despicable that anyone would use 911 for a fake medical call, threaten the lives of EMTs, and steal the tools they use to save lives,” Fire Commissioner Daniel Nigro is quoted as saying in a statement.

The commissioner notes that this is the second incident of a bogus 911 call luring EMS workers to a public housing project.

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It’s hard to imagine that threats like this won’t have a chilling effect on EMS personnel responding to 911 calls from similar addresses. Individuals living in these projects who experience genuine emergencies are the losers.

LU Staff

LU Staff

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