Paramedic charged for giving fire survivor a blanket

EMS paramedic Jeff Gaglio 
By: Eva Fett 

(Scroll down for video) A paramedic is under fire for giving an elderly fire survivor a blanket, according to reports.

A paramedic in Detroit is in hot water after giving a blanket to an elderly fire survivor right after being rescued from a raging fire.

When the incident occurred the fire forced an elderly person on the street in just his underwear. Detroit EMS paramedic Jeff Gaglio gave the man a blanket to keep warm.

"I'm being punished. I'm being punished for giving a man a blanket, something that might seem as a courtesy, every day," Gaglio told a TV channel. Something that any man or woman would do in the city of Detroit, give a man a blanket so he should not freeze. I'm being punished for it."

Gaglio was reported last week and he was being brought up on charges of giving away government property.

"We cannot have an employee who feels he has the right to give away state assets, whether he donated a blanket or a tire of a vehicle, without prior approval from someone or notify the competent authority. This is what he did," the chief of EMS told the news media.

The blanket was not owned by the city, however. Matt Cahillane, president of Firefighter Support Services, told the news media, the organization had donated the blanket, and many others, for that exact use.
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