Paramedics Save Four at Deadly Deli

February 26, 2020 // 0 Comments

By DIANE S. WILLIAMS Four deli workers sickened by lethal carbon monoxide gas are alive today after a heroic rescue by Fire Dept. Paramedics in Local 2507. Two Paramedics responded to an early morning call Dec. 10 about an unconscious man at Broome Street bodega. “When we reached the store, workers said they felt dizzy and nauseous,” said Paramedic Phillip Jugenheimer. A fourth man lay unconscious in the cramped basement of the Lower East shop. “Ours carbon monoxide detectors were beeping like crazy,” Jugenheimer said. “I’m getting a 50 reading, my partner gets 80. Inside the store read 120 parts per million (PPM) so we evacuated the customers and cooks making breakfast. Everybody OUT!” FDNY Paramedics wear portable carbon monoxide detectors on their uniforms. As the two Local 2507 members approached the basement, the meter clocked a lethal 600 PPM level. The air was [More...]

Union Speaks Out for Sick Time for WTC Heroes

October 18, 2018 // 0 Comments

By MIKE LEE In a recent hearing before the New York State Senate Civil Service and Pensions Committee, several DC 37 local leaders and members called upon legislators to give city workers the sick time they need as a result of the work they performed at the World Trade Center in the aftermath of 9/11. Earlier this year, the state Senate passed a bill to extend unlimited sick leave, now received by state and local first responders suffering from 9/11-related illnesses, to city workers. The bill has languished in the state Assembly. At the hearing, Local 2507 President Oren Barzilay, who leads more than 4,000 uniformed Emergency Medical Technicians, Paramedics and Fire Inspectors, testified that city agencies have made it difficult for sick members — who only earn one day of sick leave a month — to take time off. “Twelve days a year are not enough for our members who are sick from [More...]