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Pennsylvania EMTs, Paramedics Push for Stricter Assault Prosecutions

CARLISLE, CUMBERLAND COUNTY, Pa. (FOX 43) – Some EMS providers are pushing for more strict prosecutions for people who assault them. The assaults are felonies, but they say most of the time the charges are downgraded to misdemeanors or summary offenses.

“We’ve been slapped, punched, kicked,” said Assistant Chief Nathan Harig with Cumberland Goodwill EMS.

Assault reports, which carry felony level charges are being filed more often by EMTs and paramedics. Cumberland Goodwill EMS sees assault reports filed every two to three weeks. Susquehanna Township EMS has filed five in the last month. MORE