FDNY Lieutenant Arrested for Allegedly Choking EMT During On-Duty Altercation

An FDNY lieutenant, Neal Francis, was arrested on Saturday for allegedly choking a city emergency medical technician (EMT) during a heated on-the-job altercation, according to sources. The 47-year-old lieutenant, assigned to Engine 234 in Crown Heights, Brooklyn, has been charged with strangulation, as confirmed by the police. While the NYPD has not provided specific details about the confrontation, including the severity of any injuries or the identity of the victim, multiple sources have informed The Post that Francis was apprehended for choking the EMT while both were on duty.

The FDNY, responsible for overseeing EMTs and paramedics, stated that they are aware the alleged victim is an EMT but refrained from commenting further until they review the arrest paperwork. It remains unclear if Francis will face disciplinary action at this time. Efforts to reach Francis for comment were unsuccessful.

Although incidents of firefighters assaulting medics are rare, assaults against medics by civilians have been on the rise. In November, Oren Barzilay, president of the union representing over 4,100 rank-and-file city EMTs and medics, informed the City Council that “EMT assaults are at an all-time high.” In response, Minority Leader Joe Borelli (R-Staten Island) has introduced two bills aimed at safeguarding first responders, which include providing them with access to bullet- and stab-proof armored vests and annual self-defense and de-escalation training.

Author: CrimeDoor

1 Response

  1. “Leadership is not about being in charge. It is about taking care of those in your charge.” – Simon Sinek

    This quote resonates with the post because it highlights the importance of leadership and responsibility in any profession, especially in emergency services like the FDNY. The alleged incident involving the FDNY lieutenant and the EMT is a clear example of a failure in leadership. Instead of taking care of those in his charge, the lieutenant resorted to violence, which is completely unacceptable.

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