$2M Suit Alleges FDNY EMT Hit Restrained Patient


 
 

Alex Ginsberg | | Tuesday, February 26, 2008


NEW YORK -- An FDNY emergency medical technician turned the Hippocratic Oath on its ear, slugging a restrained patient in the face during a ride to Kings County Hospital, a $2 million suit alleges.

Dennis Mathis, 25, was strapped onto a stretcher last Dec. 1 when he incurred the wrath of an EMT by drooling on him, according to the suit.

"My son was face down and the EMS worker was trying to put an oxygen mask on him, and I heard him yelling and screaming that he was choking," said Mathis' distraught mother, Stephanie Bethean.

The suit identifies Tyler Argerosios as the EMT. An FDNY spokesman said the department has no record of such an employee, but does have a Tyler Argeroplos.

Attempts to reach Argeroplos were unsuccessful.

An unidentified police officer inside the ambulance witnessed the attack but did nothing, the suit says. Bethean claims her son suffered a broken jaw.

The city Law Department declined to comment in detail, since it had not yet seen the suit.


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