NEW YORK, NY (WTXF) - A New York EMT who tried to save a 7-year-old school girl choking on her lunch last week was reportedly suspended for his heroic act.
Apparently it is against company policy for EMTs to make a stop without being called first.
Qwasi Reid, an employee of Assist Ambulance, and his partner were transporting a nursing home patient last Wednesday with his partner when he said they were flagged down at a red light by a frantic man asking for help.
A young girl, Noelia Echavarria, was choking on her lunch and needed immediate assistance.
Reid’s partner denied the man’s request and told him they already had a patient that needed cared for.
But Reid knew the choking girl’s endangered life took priority over their current patient transport. Despite his partner's protest, Reid jumped out of the ambulance's back door and administered first aid to the girl, who had already turned blue.
7-year-old Echavarria is currently on life support at NYU Langone Medical Center in New York. She has been declared brain-dead despite Reid’s efforts.
"I don't regret it," says Reid, who was suspended without pay. "I'd do it again. If I know there's a child choking, I'm going to do my best to help her."
Reid said that the company’s policy is enacted only out of concern for insurance costs. Assist Ambulance did not immediately return a phone call from FoxNews.com.
Readers set up a GoFundMe page for Reid.
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