FDNY EMT Pamela Falco arrested!


Drunken dialing's always a bad idea, especially when the number you're dialing is 911.

An off-duty FDNY emergency medical technician learned that lesson firsthand yesterday morning, after she supposedly made several fake emergency calls a few hours after police wouldn't arrest a bartender she thought had wronged her.

Pamela Falco, 48, was "out cocktailing in the Bay Street area" Wednesday night, according to a police source. Around last call, a bartender took her car keys, afraid she might get behind the wheel drunk, the source said.

Ms. Falco called the police at about 5 a.m. yesterday, telling them the bartender had assaulted her, according to court papers. But the officers who responded soon realized she was telling tales and wouldn't arrest him.

About an hour later, she made her way to her emergency band radio, and started ranting - on an NYPD frequency - about the quality and intelligence of Staten Island cops, the source said.

"Staten Island cops know nothing!" she allegedly said over a restricted radio band, according to court papers.

By 7 a.m., she had made her way to a pay phone near her Maryland Avenue home in Rosebank, and that's when she started calling 911, cops allege.

In a span of maybe 10 minutes, she made three bogus calls - two of them reporting that someone had jumped into Lower New York Bay, and a third reporting that a man with a knife had stolen her purse on Hylan Boulevard at Bay Street, according to the police source.

The man-in-the-water calls drew a massive response from police and the FDNY, who searched the bay near Edgewater Street for close to an hour, looking for a drowning man.

The police response to both incidents.Court papers don't detail the bogus water rescue call, but they describe another phony emergency cops say Ms. Falco concocted at about 7:40 a.m. That time, she claimed that someone took her purse at gunpoint.

Cops were able to trace the calls to the pay phone, and when they arrived, Ms. Falco was still there, the source said.

"I guess her hangover was still with her," the source said.Ms. Falco is charged with reckless endangerment, falsely reporting an incident and obstructing government administration.

An FDNY spokesman confirmed that Ms. Falco works as an EMT for the department, but wouldn't say where.

So far, the spokesman said, no disciplinary action has been taken against her, but FDNY officials will investigate the incident.

Ms. Falco has been an EMT for about two years, the police source said.

She's expected to be arraigned today in Stapleton Criminal Court.

4 comments:

Loving Annie said...

Good Thursday morning to you, NYC EMS !

I suspect that Ms. Falco's career is pretty much over. That sort of stunt just won't play well when the FDNY rule book gets thrown at her.
The bartender did the right thing to take her car keys.
She of all people should have known not to misuse the 9-1-1- number, and that it wouldn't have just been considered a joke and no big deal when she sobered up...
I'd hate to be in her shoes this morning, feeling massively stupid and getting yelled at to boot and there not really being any way to make amends/fix it...

Loving Annie said...

Hope that you have a good weekend, EMS !
Be safe out there --
Loving Annie
p.s. I always tend to leave a comment when I come by to visit... It's the southern politeness in me - except I'm adopted and have no clue if I have any southern girl in me or not :)

NYC EMS said...

Thank you for stopping by.I love your posts.

emergencyemm said...

Great minds think alike.