Two EMTs were asked to help someone who had collapsed at a donut shop. They told shop owners to call 911 and then left.
Mayor Michael Bloomberg blasted the EMTs, stating that “there’s no excuse whatsoever” for their actions. Now the EMTs have been suspended from their jobs without pay.
Set aside the moral arguments that everyone “should” help their fellow man. Should we be required to do so?
If the EMTs were on duty, there are certain procedures they must follow. We don’t know if they were called out to another emergency.
But if the EMTs were off duty, isn’t saying that they are required to perform services without compensation kind of like forcing off duty taxis to provide free rides in an emergency, or like forcing off duty attorneys to provide free legal services in an emergency – at any time, or like forcing billionaire mayors to give money to people in financial emergencies?
Should we suspend people from their jobs for failing to do what is morally correct?