RED HOOK – Last week, the New York City Department of Investigation announced the arrest of Curtis Jackson, an Emergency Medical Technician in Brooklyn. Jackson was charged last Wednesday with harassing, menacing and stalking a Brooklyn paramedic.
Jackson, 37, who is assigned to the FDNY’s Battalion 32 in Red Hook, is also charged with assaulting an FDNY Emergency Medical Services supervisor at Kings County Hospital.
The criminal complaint alleges that Jackson appeared at the paramedic’s residence early one morning over the summer, despite the paramedic telling him not to show up. Jackson then allegedly broke a front-door window at the paramedic’s home. In August, Jackson allegedly called the paramedic’s cell phone and left a profane voicemail message.
Most recently, on Oct. 23, Jackson allegedly approached the paramedic in the parking lot of Battalion 38, which is located at Kings County Hospital, and yelled at the paramedic, using profanity, and waved his fist. An EMS supervisor intervened and struggled with Jackson. The supervisor suffered a sprained thumb from the alleged assault.
Jackson, of Brooklyn, was charged with assault in the third degree, criminal mischief in the fourth degree, two counts of aggravated harassment in the second degree, two counts of stalking in the fourth degree, two counts of menacing in the third degree, and three counts of harassment in the second degree. If convicted of the top charge, he faces up to one year in jail.
“The behavior described in these charges is not only unacceptable for an individual entrusted with saving lives, but it is criminal,” said Department of Investigation Commissioner Rose Gill Hearn. “DOI worked swiftly with its city and law enforcement partners to ensure the individuals targeted in the incident were safe, and the criminal conduct was met with serious and immediate consequences.”
Jackson has been employed as an EMT since 1999. He was suspended the day of the incident. The Brooklyn District Attorney is prosecuting the case.
Brooklyn Daily Eagle