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EMT Tackles Gunman, Saves NYPD Cop

June 10, 2013  | 

Screenshot via CBS New York.
Screenshot via CBS New York.
A New York City EMT is being hailed as a hero for wrestling a gun away from a crazed man who had grabbed it from an NYPD officer and shot the officer's partner in front of a Harlem hospital.

NYPD Officers Fausto Gomez and John Chiodi escorted Guiteau Idore, 43, to the hospital Monday for a psychiatric evaluation after he was caught tossing bottles at people on E. 117th St and Lenox Ave., reports the New York Daily News.

As the officers loaded Idore out of an ambulance, the suspect began to flee. During a struggle, Idore grabbed Chiodi's gun and fired two shots at Gomez.

EMT Brendan Hernandez, 25, was helping unload Idore and quickly tackled the man and wrestled away the officer's gun. He then began giving Gomez life-saving treatment.

Hernandez has applied to become an officer, but hasn't been accepted. Commissioner Ray Kelly said it's time to reconsider his application.

Comments (10)

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Bill @ 6/10/2013 3:48 PM

Consider this brave EMT's application to become a Police Officer

Jim A @ 6/10/2013 5:21 PM

If this guy can pass the test and background, he should be at the VERY TOP of the list - no matter what his test score is. He has passed the REAL TEST.

Good job, buddy!

Gwen Hernandez @ 6/10/2013 5:41 PM

I am so very proud of my little brother Brendon Hernandez! My mother, father, brothers and sister have watched brendon grow up to become a very noble man. Ever since he was a kid he's always had a passion for firefighting and police work. Ever since he's started working as an EMT he has done exceptional well andyou can clearly he has a true passion for job. Brendon is a selfless person and will be the first one to drop what he is doing to help someone in need. It just makes me a very proud sister to see my brother out there everyday saving lives! Brendon you are a true hero and may god bless you for being the angel you are! I love you so much.... Your big sister, Gwen

Rick Hochmann @ 6/10/2013 6:20 PM

Thats what I miss about NYC. Brendon is NYPD stuff!!! While an EMT in NYC I saw a lot of amb and hosp emt's assist Cops. Just the way we are.

DC Cop Bobby @ 6/11/2013 8:23 AM

Two of my nephews, who are the sons of a FDNY Fireman, are FDNY EMTs and I know that they would've taken the same action.
This Police Officer says "THANK YOU BROTHER!"

Det. Sgt. @ 6/11/2013 12:27 PM

Great Job young man!!! On behalf of al of us. Your actions and efforts are appreciated on more levels than you can imagine.

Chief DJ, OHIO @ 6/12/2013 6:58 AM

Great Job Brendan!!!

Jimbo @ 6/13/2013 7:56 AM

Well done, sir!

Rob @ 6/20/2013 3:23 PM

I hope he gets hired. Gwen, you have every right to be proud, as do your parents!

Brendon Hernandez @ 6/21/2013 11:58 AM

I'm sadden to announce that NYPD will not be hiring me due to not meeting the requirements such as college or military experience. It's a shame, FDNY won't hire me as a firefighter for something I don't have, and NYPD because I have no college background or military. All I have is my bravery, my experience as a FDNY EMT, and my 9 years as a volunteer firefighter with 3 commendations and numerous training certificates.

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