There have been some further developements regarding one of the stories I mentioned earlier and figured an update may be in order.
This comes from BoroParkScoop.com‘s article EXCLUSIVE: Gang Vows Death Revenge Against Maimonides Ambulance Employees:
1:50PM Tuesday: As BoroParkScoop.com has reported, a Maimonides EMS ambulance accidentally killed a motorcyclist on Saturday, and now Paramedics and EMT’s are fearing for their lives. Highly credible sources tell BoroParkScoop.com that the NYPD has been made aware of a threat against the lives of employees working on the Maimonides Medical Center Ambulances, possibly in revenge for the tragic accident.
The incident happened on Saturday afternoon at the intersection of 4th Avenue and 63rd Street, when the ambulance collided with a motorcycle. The ambulance was responding to an emergency run, and was running its lights and sirens at the time of the collision.
The article goes on to state that supposedly a decision was made to remove females and students from the ambulances. Reportedly the crews were also instructed to keep one of their portables on the local NYPD precincts frequency. There was no official cited, so the credibility of these “preventive” measures is questionable. Second hand reports state that no one was pulled from the schedule, but all members of service were advised to maintain their vigilance in scene safety and awareness.
While its important to keep all of this in mind, I think it is also important to keep things in perspective. The last EMS Line of Duty Death from violence in New York was back in 2009 when EMT Mark Davis was shot by the patient he was attempting to care for in Cape Vincent. It’s important to maintain a professional demeanor when dealing with anyone, and these reports can unnecessarily put providers nerves on edge in situations that require calm and compassion.
As for the gang members who may be planning this, I would seriously suggest they reconsider it. If they start shooting ambulances, whether its Maimonides EMS or not, ambulances will stop coming. How do they think grandma is going to get to dialysis or her doctor’s appointments then? The gang bangers and drug dealers in the South Bronx understood this which is why I never felt a need to wear anything other than my stethoscope… because hell hath no fury like a grandmother who misses her dialysis.
I did receive some second (third?) hand information regarding the original accident. Reportedly the ambulance came to an intersection lights and intermittent siren, traffic stopped, the ambulance began to proceed through the intersection and the motorcyclist went around the stopped vehicle into the intersection where they struck/were struck. The motorcyclist was transported to Lutheran Medical Center, a Level 1 Trauma Center, where they were pronounced.
Either way, it is still a tragic accident that could have been prevented. That is something that should not be lost in the aftermath, although it often does.
If anyone can provide concrete details or if anyone from Maimonides, NYPD, or the family wish to put out an official statement please feel free to contact me.
Bottom line, be safe out there.