Man accused of attacking, biting FDNY EMT indicted on assault charges
FDNY EMT Nicholas Cody suffered nerve damage after being bitten on the shoulder and slammed into an ambulance door
By News Staff
NEW YORK — A Bronx man was indicted on first-degree assault charges after an attack on an FDNY EMT that resulted in several injuries, including nerve damage.
Thomas Wright, 32, was arraigned this week on multiple assault charges stemming from the incident, in which he allegedly FDNY EMT Nicholas Cody, 20, on the shoulder and slammed him into an ambulance door while being transported, NBC 4 New York reported.
“The EMT is a 20-year-old man just starting his career of helping people in the Bronx. We will not tolerate assaults on our first responders,” said Bronx District Attorney Darcel Clark. “They face many hazards on the job, but they should never be subjected to violent acts.”
Following the attack on Cody in October, and an attack on another EMT days later that resulted in a broken nose, the FDNY released a PSA warning that assaults on EMTs and paramedics are felonies punishable by up to seven years in prison.
#FDNY EMTs and Paramedics helps protect our city by providing the highest level of pre-hospital emergency care. They face many dangers while on duty, including assault, and are protected by NYS Law. Assaulting an FDNY EMT or Paramedic is a felony punishable by 7 years in prison. pic.twitter.com/jG4gVlVYTE— FDNY (@FDNY) November 7, 2019
Wright remains in custody with a bail set at $15,001, according to NYC Department of Correction records. His next court date is set for Dec. 16.