CROWN HEIGHTS, Brooklyn [CHI] — A Hatzalah member was barred from responding to an emergency call at around 10:30 on Wednesday night. The emergency was to that of a passed out person at the intersection of Montgomery Street and Kingston Avenue, and the Hatzalah member tried to make his way up Kingston Avenue from Empire Boulevard, but was barred by ‘task force’ Police Officers who refused to let the member through.
Police shut down key roads around the area of Simchas Beis Hashueva for security and safety purposes, and the officer that were placed at those streets are not local officers, but additional officers that are brought in from the Brooklyn South Task Force, and are known to be less caring for our communities volunteer services.
The Hatzalah member, who was driving with lights and sirens, presented his identification and was still refused access forcing him to park and walk up the block with his medical gear.
Later on a Hatzalah coordinator met with police in order to rectify the situation.