Ambulance Driver Who Broke Rules to Aid Child Suspended

ELLENVILLE, N.Y. -

An Ellenville volunteer paramedic who broke the rules to drive a 4-year-old girl to a hospital after she had a seizure was suspended from the organization. Now, the Ellenville First Aid and Rescue Squad is facing criticism for their action against Stephen Sawyer, the Times Herald-Record reported. The 20-year-old took the girl to an Albany hospital on Dec. 11 after waiting for 15 minutes for someone to respond, even though rules require that drivers be at least 21. “I wouldn’t have been able to sleep at night or go to school knowing there’s a 4-year-old suffering,” he said. When the board voted to suspend him for 60 days, Sawyer resigned on the spot.