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TV’s LeDuff says Detroit medic punished for giving blanket to homeless man. Reporter thinks it’s time to clean out headquarters.

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Charlie LeDuff, WJBK-TV:

Ladies and gentlemen, this might be the most ridiculous and bone-headed Detroit ambulance story yet.  It started two weeks ago when a house caught on fire.  An old cripple man lived inside.  They brought him outside.  He was in his underwear.  It was cold.  He was shivering.  You give him a blanket, right?  Right.  Then guess what happened?

“I’m being punished for giving a man a blanket,” said paramedic Jeff Gaglio.

Who’s punishing him?

“The chief of EMS Jerald James.”

“We can’t have an employee who feels that they have a right to give away state property, be it donated, be it a blanket, be it a tire off a vehicle, without getting prior approval from somebody or notifying the proper authority.  This is what he did,” James said by phone.

We’re going to let old cripple guys shiver to death.  We’re going to take much needed paramedics off the street.  I think what the fire department should do is point those hoses right at headquarters and clean the whole joint out.


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  • 8truck

    LeDuff on it again.

  • firefighter

    No good deed goes unpunished!

    • RJ(in florida)

      Quoting “Wicked”…appropriate.

      isn’t interfearing with patient care a crime?

      When one’s name comes up on the wheel of F#@K in the chief’s office, ya just gotta endure it

      kinda reminds ya when a fire is out, there is allways one clown that comes up and asks….”what happened?”

  • He

    “I’ll get you my pretty, you and your little dog”. I smell a witch hunt.

  • AlexVFF

    I am not one hundred percent sure whether the chief’s position is the correct one. Depending how we use or interpret the terminology, EMT’s always give away state property such as O2 masks and cannulas, for example.

    The EMT’s job is to prevent, treat and ultimately save lives. I believe that by giving this person a blanket the EMT treated him to prevent a possible hypothermia. As I understood the note, the blanket was given to him because he became homeless after the fire, had no clothing, and was shivering. Well, isn’t it the job of an EMT? Perhaps he should have done a run report.

  • Anonymous

    I absolutely love his PJ’s…I haven’t had footsie PJ’s since I was 4.

  • David Pfeil Sr.

    Apparently we have a code “ID10T” in charge of Medics in Detroit.

  • Anonymous

    I think these guys and the DC Fire Chief are related.

  • slackjawedyokel

    Blanket party for the chief ?

  • Anonymous

    Alex is right. This is no different than other consumables…O2 masks, bandages, medical tape, etc. Perhaps all Detroit EMS crews should start calling the Chief every time they need to use any consumable item on a call.

    Actually, isn’t the O2 in the cylinder also city property? “Chief, we have a working code. Requesting permission to flow O2 for approximately the 15 minute ride to the hospital. Yes Chief, I understand…only 10 minutes allowed. We’ll shut it off then.”

  • Aardvark

    You gotta wonder how/why some of these “Chiefs” actually get their jobs……..

    • Dave Smith

      Affirmative action and “diversity” quotas are a bitch.

  • Ship

    R U Freaking Kidding Me?!?!?! Like the fella said, doesn’t Detroit have a few slighlty more important things to worry bout?!?!?!

  • Former Chief

    Well, it appears Charlie is back on track. Commissioner Austin, any comment? Commissioner Austin? Hello? (All I hear are the sound of crickets).

  • Puzzled

    I’m sorry, customer service is NOT a function of the City of Detroit. We do you a favor to come to your aid.

  • mark

    So being kind to a fellow human is the wrong thing? Let’s remove the whole EMS thing out, for now.

    Just when you thought these morons couldn’t get any dumber, we find out they built a better dummy.

  • John Loesch

    Was anybody else uncomfortable with Charlie being curled up in bed with the firefighter?

    • He


  • waheid

    Which FD HQ is more dysfunctional: Detroit or Washington, D.C.?
    Both HQs are in serious need of adult supervision.

  • No.1 statter fan from virginia

    I would lke to say thank you to the Medic for caring for your fellow man and being your brother’s keeper. Detroit was once a great city. Look up on wikipedia at the past several city administrations. It is depressing to see all the stealng and corruption over the past several years. Hang in there, guys.

  • Chief56

    Obviously more to the story than what we heard. This maybe the dumbest thing I have ever read. If it’s that bad in Motor City, my as well shut down the city & late nature take its course.Talk about a PR nightmare, nicely done Chief. Any reason would have went better for you than that one. Has this Chief ever actually been on a call? Bad news for the paramedic, now you have the bulls eye on your back. Just ask that Lt with DCFD.

  • FireDog

    W O W !!!!!!
    Never Under Estimate the Power of Idiots in a Group !!!!
    It defies all logic, reason and good judgement!!
    It becomes more and more apparent every single day that a lot of “Chiefs” either forgot what its like to work the street or possibly never have!!!
    They have been to college and have triple degrees in everything but common sense and good judgement!

  • D Schaefer

    These people that run the fire& Rescue depts in Detroit are a bunch of human waste.They are useless people who do not deserve to have a job at all.

  • NWW1

    This Chief has lost his mind. What happened to customer service? More importantly what happened to common sense? Might be a good idea for Chief not skip his medication in the future as certainly is out out touch.

  • Big Mose

    The Detroit FD is in the toilet and some Bozo worries about a paramedic giving a $5 blanket to a patient. It doesn’t take much of a stretch of the imagination to class the blanket as a “disposable” item in the same way masks and bandages are.

    Suppose the blanket became contaminated with body fluids. Would the DFD insist on deconning the blanket to “save” the blanket or disposing of it to save costs? You make the call based on the DFD management’s past performance.