Ladies and gentlemen, this might be the most ridiculous and bone-headed Detroit ambulance story yet. It started two weeks ago when a house caught on fire. An old cripple man lived inside. They brought him outside. He was in his underwear. It was cold. He was shivering. You give him a blanket, right? Right. Then guess what happened?
“I’m being punished for giving a man a blanket,” said paramedic Jeff Gaglio.
Who’s punishing him?
“The chief of EMS Jerald James.”
“We can’t have an employee who feels that they have a right to give away state property, be it donated, be it a blanket, be it a tire off a vehicle, without getting prior approval from somebody or notifying the proper authority. This is what he did,” James said by phone.
We’re going to let old cripple guys shiver to death. We’re going to take much needed paramedics off the street. I think what the fire department should do is point those hoses right at headquarters and clean the whole joint out.
Also on STATter911 …
- Burning out of control: Detroit leaders fail to respond to a major fire. Commissioner Austin’s explanation is too little, too late to extinguish EMS blanket story engulfing the Internet. – October 17, 2012
- Detroit mayor says TV reporter’s EMS blanket story is ‘blatantly false’. Charlie LeDuff stands by story that medic is punished for helping elderly man. – October 15, 2012
- Detroit commissioner now admits TV reporter’s blanket story isn’t ‘blatantly false’. Dave explains why Donald Austin should have gotten into bed with LeDuff & medic on Day 1. – October 22, 2012
- Blanket party: Next time you need to order the explosion blanket to go with the fire blanket. – September 15, 2012
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