|The boot on the ambulance (photo via The NY Post)|
The commander of the Bedford-Stuyvesant Volunteer Ambulance Corps is angry after one of his ambulances was booted by the New York City Marshal office over unpaid tickets.
"I'm sure that they would have never done this to a Hatzolah ambulance," James “Rocky” Robinson, commander of the Bedford-Stuyvesant Volunteer Ambulance Corps, said referring to the volunteer corps serving Orthodox Jewish neighborhoods.
A city marshal slapped a boot on an ambulance in Brooklyn last week, preventing emergency response during that time.
"I hope no one died because of this," Robinson said.
"I do not understand how they have the audacity to do this!" He added.
The ambulance was parked in front of the base along Greene Avenue on Tuesday morning, when city marshal Robert Solimine hit it with a steel boot because the vehicle had accumulated more than $350 worth in parking tickets.
"I thought someone was playing a joke, but then reality set in," volunteer Lem Peterkin said.
"Emergency vehicles should not be booted over unpaid parking tickets," New York City Finance Department spokesperson Owen Stone said.
"When we learned of the problem, we ordered the immediate release of the boot," he said.