An attorney for the Village of Woodridge has written to Rabbi David Cohen, CEO of the Hatzolah Ambulance, putting an end to the controversy over traffic tickets issued to two Hatzolah EMTs who responded to an emergency call with red lights on.
“On behalf of the Mayor, the Village of Woodridge both recognizes and acknowledges the rights of the properly licensed Hatzalah emergency vehicles to be treated as any other emergency vehicle including police, fire and other emergency vehicles,” wrote attorney Jeffrey Kaplan in an August 10 letter to ambulance service CEO Rabbi David Cohen.
Woodridge Police Chief John Calvello, in another letter, wrote that after consultation with the police commissioner, “I have determined the tickets issued should be immediately withdrawn.”
The tickets were issued when a Paramedics and an EMT arrived at Village Hall for an emergency call and a police commissioner instructed the chief to issue the tickets.
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