Danny Manning, an FDNY EMT, is pictured after surgery Wednesday to repair the broken nose he sustained when a patient assaulted him last month.
As reported by the NYDailyNews, the FDNY is making the social media rounds with a public service announcement warning the public against attacks on paramedics and emergency medical technicians.
The PSA, posted on Twitter, Facebook and Instagram Thursday, comes in the wake of a brutal attack on an EMT last month, and includes tough talk on the penalty for punching a paramedic.
“EMTs and paramedics respond to 1.5 million calls each year,” an announcer says in a voice over accompanying the spot. “These men and women are highly trained and prepared to save your life at a moment’s notice. FDNY EMS helps protect our city by providing the highest level of pre-hospital emergency care. They face many dangers while on duty, including assault, and are protected by New York State Law. Assaulting an FDNY EMT or paramedic is a felony punishable by 7 years in prison.”
The announcement appears nearly three weeks after Nicholas Cody was bitten, beaten and stomped on by a handcuffed suspect while trying to treat the man in the back of an ambulance in the Bronx. Cody was treating 32-year-old Thomas Wright on the way to Lincoln Medical Center
Wright, still handcuffed, then stomped on the 20-year-old EMT as he lay on the floor of the ambulance, sources with knowledge of the case said.
Cody suffered nerve damage and a loss of sensation in one of his arms, and will be out of work for several months, officials said.
Days later, another EMT, Danny Manning, 24, suffered a broken nose after he was slugged in the Bronx by a patient he and his partner were trying to transport.
“We started to lift him up,” Manning said. “My partner had him from under the arms and I was assisting by moving his legs. As we prepared to lift and he stretched out both arms. Then with a closed fist, out of nowhere, he hit me with a right hook, like a haymaker, right on the bridge of the nose. He got the most perfect spot, right at the bridge. He socked me pretty well and I heard a pop right after that.”
He had surgery Wednesday to have his nose realigned, said Oren Barzilay, president of the EMS union that reps EMTs and paramedics.
“Our members are routinely faced with danger,” he said.
In 2017, EMT Yadira Arroyo was killed on a Bronx street corner after a deranged man stole her ambulance and ran her over when she tried to get him out. Cops said the suspect, Jose Gonzalez, 25, was high when he jumped on Arroyo’s rear bumper in Soundview. When the 44-year-old mother of five stepped out of the ambulance to investigate, Gonzalez jumped behind the wheel and took off.
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