Saturday, October 31, 2015

EMT suspended for trying to save choking girl



- A heroic New York EMT who tried in vain last week to save a 7-year-old school girl choking on her lunch said he was suspended because it is against company policy to make a stop without being called.

Qwasi Reid, who works for Assist Ambulance, was transporting a nursing home patient last Wednesday with his partner when he said they were flagged down at a red light by a frantic man who told them that a student was choking. 

Reid said his partner, who was not reprimanded by the company, told the man they already had a patient and there was nothing they could do.

Reid, who has driven ambulances for four years, said he knew the choking girl took a priority over the transport, and against his partner's urging, jumped out of the ambulance's back door and administered first aid to the girl, who he said had already turned blue. 

No one at the school was rendering first aid, he said.

"I don't regret it," Reid, who said he is suspended without pay, told "I'd do it again. If I know there's a child choking, I'm going to do my best to help her."

1 comment:

Anonymous said...

3 things get to me about this story.
1. Obviously the HR department for the company needs to get fired

2. Why in the hell does no one in cites know 1st aid. Any F*N boy scout knows first aid for choking. Our cities have become death traps due to the ignorance and stupidity of the average idiot living in them

3. Why is the family of the little girl speaking via a lawyer? They are going to sue! Their dumb asses don't know how to perform the Heimlich maneuver but they sure as fuck know how to get money for their problems.

Makes me sick.