Naked man fights EMS workers, tries to steal ambulance in the Bronx

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By Adam Warner | May 10, 2024

NEW YORK (1010 WINS/WCBS 880) – A patient ripped off his clothes and tried to steal an FDNY ambulance in the Bronx this week before he was thwarted by EMS workers and a safety device installed in ambulances after the 2017 murder of an EMT, officials said Friday.

“This does shake you up,” Oren Barzilay, president of the FDNY EMS Local 2507 union, told 1010 WINS. “Things rapidly get dangerous—with one wrong move, you could be dead.”

The chaotic encounter happened Tuesday night at 1770 Townsend Ave. in the Morris Heights section, the FDNY said.

EMS members were on another call when they were flagged to evaluate the man, who became combative and gained access to the driver’s side of the ambulance, according to the FDNY.

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