May 31, 2010 By Christian Murray
EMT workers were called out to a Sunnyside park around 12:15 pm Monday to provide assistance to a drunken man who was found in a deep sleep with cuts all over his body.
The man, who was lying under a park bench on Skillman Ave (42nd St.), was awoken by EMT workers who informed him that they would take him to Elmhurst Hospital. They told the man that he needed his cuts to be checked out and informed him that his health was at risk by sleeping in hot weather.
The man initially resisted the EMT workers’ request, but succumbed to their wishes after he was told that the police would be called if he didn’t agree to go. The EMT workers then strapped him into a gurney and took him away. The man’s condition did not appear to be life threatening.
A park worker recognized the man and said that he and about five or six others are often in the playground drinking alcohol.
RE: You have to ask yourself, if the park worker recognized him as someone who drinks with a group in the park regularly, why doesn’t the park worker do something to stop that behavior?
Because park workers are neither empowered nor paid to act as the police. Regular patrons of the park can call the actual police if they witness conduct that disturbs them, as, presumably, was the case in this instance.
There are a lot of people who use that park. Why can’t we kid rid of them.
You have to ask yourself, if the park worker recognized him as someone who drinks with a group in the park regularly, why doesn’t the park worker do something to stop that behavior?