Monday, November 30, 2015

'Dancing EMT' reprimanded for viral video


A New Jersey EMT caught on dashboard camera voguing behind the wheel in a video that went viral has reportedly been reprimanded by his employer.

The video, titled “EMT Voguing” and uploaded to YouTube last week, had garnered over 700,000 views by Saturday morning. 

The EMT can be seen on tape talking into a two-way handset as he drives a transport ambulance. When a club remix of Rihanna hit “Pour It Up” comes on the radio, he becomes excited and begins dancing wildly, twisting around in his seat and taking both hands off the wheel.  

Even Rihanna herself acknowledged the stunt, tweeting Wednesday, “This paramedic guy just reminded me why God sent me here,” along with a link to the video. 

But the EMT, identified as Jonathan Williams, of New Jersey, has been reprimanded by his boss, according to a report from CBS New York.

Deputy Chief Frank Carlo, of the Montclair Ambulance Unit, which is not the agency for which Williams works, also told the outlet the EMT’s conduct “creates an unsafe environment.”

“We stress safety with our staff,” Carlo said. “The public puts their trust in us. We put our trust in our EMTs, and we want that returned.” 

Still, Williams told CBS he was out of service and heading home at the time the video was shot. “I’d never do that with a patient on board,” he said. 

As for the shout-out Williams' moves drew from Rihanna, the EMT said he was “totally, utterly flabbergasted” by the attention. 

Contact Alex Wigglesworth at 215-854-2305 or Follow @phila_lex on Twitter.

Contact the Breaking News Desk at 215-854-2443; Follow @phillynews on Twitter.
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