Staten Island, NY- On September 15, 2022, an off-duty EMT suffered life-changing injuries after being struck by a vehicle while exiting her car in the New Dorp section of Staten Island.
The EMT was pinned and her leg was traumatically amputated. EMTs and Paramedics quickly stabilized her on scene and then transported her to Staten Island University Hospital North for emergency surgery. The EMT’s condition remained critical but doctors were unable to save her leg. The perpetrator fled the scene and the NYPD tracked her down.
The unnamed EMT works at FDNY EMS, and she and her family have a history of dedicated public service. This tragedy is compounded by the high burnout rate and often poor working conditions in NYC EMS.
As per Paramedic Michael Combs another EMSPAC Officer, “Tragically, far too many EMS members die or are seriously injured off the job. This young woman will after the media spectacle fades, sadly will be taken off payroll and then be supported only by her family, friends, and EMS colleagues. Out of respect for our EMS sister and her family, her identity will not be disclosed at this time.”