This man wanted me to post his letter of resignation on our website after I encouraged him to leave the insanity of where he was living over a year ago. He emailed me while the movers were loading the last of their possessions for the trip to Florida… asking me to post and distribute this. I have made some portions bold on my decision.
He had bought the Civil Defense Manual back then and that, along with his feelings that his life was too regulated and confined in New York City, caused him and his wife to decide to resign from their jobs and move to a FREE STATE.
He is one of the bravest of New York City’s Finest. He had the courage to make the decision to move. He has his mental logic circuits still intact… same so for his wife.
He is now settled in Florida with his wife. I got an email from him about how excited he and his wife are basking in the liberties of purchasing their first pistols in Florida without the heavy-handed opposition and bureaucracy of New York City, Borough and State regulations. He is feeling liberties that he had only read about.
It is with a heavy heart that I submit my resignation. As I am writing this letter, I am sitting here in stunned disbelief that my career of 18 years would end in any way other than with the hope, optimism and enthusiasm with which it began.
I began to reflect on my career and the many contributions that I have made to this department, reviewing more than a decade’s worth of consecutive outstanding reviews, numerous saves and citations and The Daily News hero of the month award.
Those accolades, though noteworthy do not tell the story for me. In my view, helping those who were unable to help themselves to possibly effect a better outcome is what made “the job” worthwhile. Though that kind of effort often goes without acknowledgment or recognition, I can rest easy in the knowledge that I gave every ounce of care, compassion and concern that I could muster to every single one of my patients. Every single time.
It certainly was never for the compensation (however paltry that may have been) or the recognition and respect from EMS “leadership” (I could write volumes on that subject-lest I digress).
I am incredulous at the thought that because I do not consent to an unproven medical therapy I am no longer needed or wanted by the very same organization I once held in such high regard.
We are taught to be patient advocates, to do the best for our patients the best way we can while we respect their autonomy and decisions-even if we disagree or think we may know better. It is with this very same thought in mind that I have come to understand the source of my anxiety, frustration and absolute depression since the vaccine mandate.
I sincerely believe that the vaccine is not good for me and I have strong, sincere religious convictions about not being forced to take it. I would fully expect the FDNY “leadership” to adhere to their own rigorous and expressed concerns for medical autonomy of their members. Just the same as they would expect and demand their members to when dealing with the public.
Forcing members to partake in medical treatment without regard to their concerns is the height of hypocrisy, informed CONSENT is the most important part of ANY medical procedure.
Ensuring compliance by threatening one’s career can in no way be rationally viewed as consent. Any logical person with even a scant understanding of the Nuremberg trials would not need to be reminded of this.
I am relatively certain that this letter will be mocked and ridiculed as the musings of a “flat earther” or someone who is “disgruntled”. I have struggled to understand why people in positions of authority in EMS and the administration would not want to know where we are lacking as a service. Only focusing on the positive ensures that we can never improve as a service.
I have come to expect a certain level of disdain, derision and scorn from executive and uniformed officers when they are exposed to opinions counter to their own. It seems as if that is the preferred course of management. I am perfectly at peace in the knowledge that I am doing what is right. I am equally certain that the department’s actions are not. All truth comes to light with time.
Resignation is certainly not my preferred course of action. I would obviously prefer to remain a member of a department that I once held in such high regard. However, I simply can no longer endure the stress, depression and anxiety of “waiting for the other shoe to drop”. The time when I am told that I am no longer a member of the FDNY because I will not consent to some sort of medical treatment. To say that I harbor resentment caused by the department’s rank hypocrisy and outright disregard would be the greatest of understatements.
My last day will be *****
(Surname withheld on my decision for privacy)
Last email from him… “Greetings from the free state of Florida! Loving the way of life here. Filed for my CCW this morning. Just got back from first purchase. G19 gen 5 and S&W bodyguard 380 for the woman. I hope all is well with you.”