EMS workers demand changes from city after paramedics assaulted

EMS workers demand changes from city after paramedics assaulted
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CLEVELAND, OH (WOIO) - Paramedics and EMTs save our lives in emergencies, but who is looking out for them when the people they're supposed to save turn violent?

Cleveland EMS workers speak out after assaults, ask city for change in policy

Cleveland EMS ambulances sometimes beat police to the scene, putting paramedics’ lives at risk in dangerous situations.

Cleveland19 has an exclusive interview with two paramedics assaulted on the job.

“I still have scars on my hand and my face, and I'll have reminders every time I look at it, of what happened,” Ethan Schilling said.

Ethan was attacked in December and just went back to work this week.

Cleveland EMS paramedics assaulted: tonight at 11 we have an exclusive interview with two paramedics who were attacked on the job. Paramedics are asking the city to change its policy on responding to police calls. Here’s a preview of Spencer & Ethan’s story:

Posted by Sara Goldenberg Cleveland 19 News on Tuesday, March 5, 2019

Spencer Huston was attacked by a patient who grabbed scissors out of the ambulance this past June.

“He immediately tried to stab me in the chest multiple times. So then I grabbed his hands and tried to hold him down,” Huston said.

Paramedics Spencer Huston and Ethan Schilling.
Paramedics Spencer Huston and Ethan Schilling.

Paramedics say the city can improve their safety on calls like this by changing its policy on EMS responses to police calls.

Tonight at 11, we’ll explain why paramedics want their policy changed and have the city’s response.

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