EMS Crew in Trouble Over Callous Treatment of Patient

An EMS crew from Catskill, New York is facing an investigation following the release of a video showing their treatment of a patient. The crew rather callously refused to carry the man to the EMS vehicle, allowing him to fall in the ambulance between the stretcher and the bench seat.

The incident occurred on Friday, May 17, 2024 and was captured by doorbell and/or security cams. The medics can be heard telling the man:

  • “I can’t carry him down the stairs.”
  • “I’m not doing this”
  • “I’m not playing the game”
  • “You put yourself down there, you pull yourself up.”
  • “I have no pity for this. This is a waste of my time.”

One of the medics then attempts to pulls him out by his feet.

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About Curt Varone

Curt Varone has over 45 years of fire service experience and 35 as a practicing attorney licensed in both Rhode Island and Maine. His background includes 29 years as a career firefighter in Providence (retiring as a Deputy Assistant Chief), as well as volunteer and paid on call experience. He is the author of two books: Legal Considerations for Fire and Emergency Services, (2006, 2nd ed. 2011, 3rd ed. 2014, 4th ed. 2022) and Fire Officer's Legal Handbook (2007), and is a contributing editor for Firehouse Magazine writing the Fire Law column.
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