A Detroit paramedic is in hot water for what seems to have been an act of kindness - giving a blanket to an elderly man who was cold. Two weeks ago, a house caught fire, and the man who lived there was taken outside wearing only his underwear.
Paramedic Jeff Gaglio gave him a blanket. Then, Gaglio was informed that the department was bringing him up on charges for his action.
Jerald James, chief of the Emergency Medical Service (EMS), who is responsible for Gaglio's punishment, said in defence of the charges, "We can't have an employee who feels that they have a right to give away state property without getting prior approval." In fact, his department and the city of Detroit are strapped for cash.
However, it has also been revealed that the department did not pay for the blanket. The one that Gaglio gave away had been donated. Gaglio explained his frustration: "I'm being punished for giving a man a blanket. Something that would seem like a common everyday courtesy. Something that any man or woman would do in the city of Detroit."
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