Outraged Union Calls For Change After 3 EMTs Are Violently Attacked

December 15, 2018 - 12:10 pm

NEW YORK (WCBS 880) – Multiple attacks this past week in Brooklyn left three EMTs injured, and now their union says such attacks are increasing and it's demanding the city do more to protect the responders. 

Shlomo Raymon says the scene was already chaotic when he arrived in Prospect-Lefferts Gardens on Wednesday.

His fellow EMS officers had called for backup and that’s all he recalls.

“I suddenly just remembered looking for my glasses with a bloody nose,” he told CBS2. “I lost consciousness, I had no recollection until I saw the video surface online.”

An argument had broken out when the patient’s family members tried to get on the ambulance, authorities say.

Raymon was punched in the face, another EMT was bit in the arm and a third was left with fractured ribs.

Police sources officers made one arrest after the violent attacks.

“To be honest, he lucked out,” said Uniformed EMS Officers Union Vice President Anthony Almojera of Raymon. “He got lucky he didn’t injure himself further.”

Almojera says attacks on the job have been getting more frequent over the past few years.

“It feels like in the last 5 or 6 years it’s really ramped up,” he said.

Almojera says EMTs see it all – “We got to shootings, stabbings, mass casualty incidents” – and that they should be getting the same training and protection as NYPD officers and FDNY firefighters.

“We should be treated, paid and trained,” Almojera said.