Local EMS Under Threat

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A threat has been placed on those who help. On Tuesday, October 1, a warning was issued to all EMS workers assigned to the Rockaways after a credible threat was found against them.

On Tuesday, EMS and FDNY responded to calls together as a precaution following an anonymous threat against EMS, according to the New York Daily News. Ambulances were stationed at area police precincts for protection and led by police escorts to respond to calls.

The NYPD caught wind of the threat from area gangs. The threats were believed to be connected to a recent shooting. On Friday night, September 27, an 18-year-old boy, James Scott, was shot in the chest and legs on Beach 40th Street. Scott was transported to nearby St. John’s Hospital, where he was pronounced dead, while another victim who was shot in the head, was transported to Jamaica Hospital.

According to EMS, a nurse at the hospital allegedly placed blame on the EMS for not bringing Scott to a trauma center—the nearest being at Jamaica Hospital. These allegations upset the already-distraught family. Someone who knew the boy allegedly made a threat against EMS and concern grew when two EMS vehicles were hit by projectiles while responding around the area where the shooting took place over the weekend.

It is not clear how long the EMS will continue to respond with police escorts.

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