A “road rage” incident last week shocked all of Germany, when a 23-year-old
man monster attacked an ambulance crew trying to resuscitate a toddler, because their ambulance blocked his car.
“Piss off, I’ve got to get to work!” he allegedly screamed at one of the paramedics, according to The Mirror. The man allegedly blocked the paramedics from getting equipment, and he attacked the ambulance and broke off one of its mirrors. There’s no question the man didn’t know what was going on, either. Paramedics told him to get out of the way because they were trying to resuscitate a toddler whose heart had stopped.
“I don’t care who is being resuscitated,” the man said, according to the paramedic.
“I explained to him that we are trying to resuscitate a child and cannot move the ambulance,” the paramedic said. “But he took up a threatening posture in front of me, as if he was about to hit me.”
The toddler’s heart had stopped while he was playing at school.
One-year-old Leonard Funke was playing at his daycare when he suddenly collapsed at around 9:30 a.m. One of his teachers immediately started performing CPR, and another called paramedics.
When the EMTs arrived to help, however, this man flew into a rage because the ambulance was blocking his car. He prevented them from getting an oxygen mask and blanket out of the ambulance. Police had to drag him away so the EMTs could do their work.
Paramedics did eventually get the toddler’s heart beating again before they arrived at the hospital. He was suffering from ventricular fibrillation, which is a sudden and very serious heart rhythm disturbance. He’s currently in a medically induced coma. It’s not yet clear if there will be any permanent damage, but doctors say the teacher’s CPR efforts likely made a huge difference in the prognosis.
Police restrained the man so the EMTs could get to their equipment.
The man, however, is a monster. Seconds count in an emergency. We’re all supposed to pull over and get out of the way when an ambulance comes by, and this guy actually intentionally got in paramedics’ way.
His name has not been released because of German privacy laws, but he’s currently facing charges of destruction of public property for breaking part of the ambulance. That carries a possible sentence of a fine and up to two years in prison.
The paramedics opted not to press charges for threatening violence against them. Prosecutors, however, could charge him with obstructing rescue workers. That carries a possible sentence of up to three years in prison, and if anybody deserves to be charged with obstructing rescue workers, it’s this guy.
Leonard Funke’s devastated parents are pushing for him to be punished as harshly as possible.
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