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9/11 EMT Sues New York City

A city EMT who was honored by the White House for his 9/11 heroism claims he was short-changed by the Fire Department while recovering from surgery tied to his time at Ground Zero.

Gary Smiley, 48, who is described in court papers as "one of the most highly decorated paramedics" in the city, also says he was stripped of elite assignments after complaining that his wages were improperly withheld.

The Staten Islander is suing FDNY Commissioner Salvatore Cassano in Manhattan federal court for unspecified back pay and damages over alleged violations of the Americans with Disabilities Act and the city's Administrative Code.

A spokesman for the FDNY declined to comment, but in court papers, the city cites "performance issues" that include Smiley being disciplined twice in 2009.


Midwest Braces for Severe Weather

Oklahoma reels from tornadoes and flooding as more storms are predicted.

Plane Crashes onto Atlanta Interstate

Four people killed when small plane crashes onto interstate after takeoff.

Medics, Officers and FBI Agents save Runners in Philadelphia Race

Two runners suffer cardiac arrest during Broad Street run.

Video: Suicidal Driver Causes Crash on California Interstate

Driver struck a big-rig that hit a passenger van, that overturned.

Medical Services Chief Named to Lead Salt Lake City Fire Department

Deputy Chief Dale developed the department’s first automated, electronic patient care reporting system.

Storm Causes Several Injuries, Rescues in Oklahoma City Area

Fire and EMS crews responded to several incidents as severe weather strikes.

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