US paramedic suspended without pay for helping child who was choking

A US paramedic has reportedly been suspended without pay for making an “unauthorised” stop to try to save the life of a choking little girl.

Qwasie Reid, an EMT (Emergency Medical Technician) in New York City, was transporting a nursing home patient to a doctor’s appointment in an ambulance last week when he was flagged down by a “frantic man” near a Brooklyn school who said a student was choking.

h/t Dr. J

  • Clear Thinker

    Good news all, in Ontario it is mandatory that you stop for persons flagging you down for an emergency.

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    • Alain

      So Ontario wants to aid car jackers, eh?

  • BillyHW

    Bureaucrats don’t get to go to heaven when they die.

  • Raymond Cameron

    According to a comment to the posted article, after he helped the girl and an ambulance came for her he went to the hospital with the rescue team instead of going back to his ambulance, his partner and his patient. It is why he got suspended.

  • tom_billesley

    Traveller condemned for coming to aid of Samaritan beaten, stripped, left for dead.
    Priest and Levite commended for passing him by.

  • Maggat

    Bureaucracy guys, bureaucracy.