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A New York City Emergency Medical Services supervisor slammed the Big Apple’s mayor for not recognizing paramedics’ novel coronavirus-related deaths as having happened “in the line of duty” and allegedly treating them as inferior to first responders, according to the Daily Mail.
“EMS workers are not treated by New York as a uniformed or emergency service in the same way that firefighters, police officers and even sanitation workers are,” FDNY EMS Chief Vincent Variale said in an interview with the Mail.
A lot of them were sleeping in their cars then coming back eight hours later to work another 16 hours.
Variale, a 30-year veteran lieutenant and president of New York City’s Uniformed EMS Officers union, spoke to the Mail exclusively and compared the peak of the COVID-19 outbreak to 9/11.
He told the Mail four EMTs are being hospitalized and kept on ventilators after becoming infected with COVID-19. Five have died but will not be recognized as “dying in the line of duty,” he said, which he believes needs to change.
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“When it's acknowledged that you died while trying to save the lives of others in the course of doing your duty that means overall your family is entitled to certain benefits,” Variale said. “We are fighting for these families now and we'll continue to fight but it's a terrible thing to have to face.”