The FDNY is making the social media rounds with a public service announcement warning the public against attacks on paramedics and emergency medical technicians.
The PSA, posted on Twitter, Facebook and Instagram Thursday, comes in the wake of a brutal attack on an EMT last month, and includes tough talk on the penalty for punching a paramedic.
“EMTs and paramedics respond to 1.5 million calls each year,” an announcer says in a voice over accompanying the spot. “These men and women are highly trained and prepared to save your life at a moment’s notice. FDNY EMS helps protect our city by providing the highest level of pre-hospital emergency care. They face many dangers while on duty, including assault, and are protected by New York State Law. Assaulting an FDNY EMT or paramedic is a felony punishable by 7 years in prison.”