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FDNY Reminds Public it’s Not O.K. to Assault EMTs, Paramedics

Photo above shows a screenshot of the FDNY video released Thursday.

NEW YORK –The FDNY is going on a media blitz.

The agency took to social media yesterday – Facebook, Twitter and Instagram – reminding the public it’s illegal to assault emergency medical personnel.

Related: Protecting EMS Personnel from Assault

“EMTs and paramedics respond to 1.5 million calls each year. These men and women are highly trained and prepared to save your life at a moment’s notice,” a voiceover in the FDNY video says.

“FDNY EMS helps protect our city by providing the highest level of prehospital emergency care. They face many dangers while on duty, including assault, and are protected by New York State Law. Assaulting an FDNY EMT or paramedic is a felony punishable by seven years in prison. Remember, EMTs and paramedics are always here to help.”

This comes after several EMTS were attacked on the job recently. In one instance, EMT Nicholas Cody was brutally attacked by a handcuffed suspect in the back of an ambulance last month.