A courageous FDNY paramedic, savagely attacked by a crazed teenager who took a chew out of her face, stated the weird encounter won’t derail her career.
“I have a very deep passion for what I do,” Jenna Piscitello informed The Post. “This incident isn’t going to ever stop from me continuing to be as compassionate as I am with people.”
But Piscitello, who’s been with the FDNY for seven years, admitted the bloody expertise was “a little traumatizing.”
The assault occurred early Friday in Brooklyn as Piscitello and her crew responded to a name for a patient with “altered mental status.”
Piscitello, 28, who began as an EMT and have become a paramedic in 2019, stated a 17-year-old woman was attempting to run out of the home, and saved falling. But, she stated, the teenager was not threatening till first responders tried to get her onto a stretcher.
“She just wrapped her legs around my torso, her arms around my neck and just took a nice big chomp out of my face,” Piscitello recounted. “She was like on me for almost a minute. It felt like an eternity.”
She felt the teenager “tugging at my face,” Piscitello stated.
“The pain was like insane,” she stated. “I literally felt her teeth going into my flesh. Like a saw just cutting into me.”
Piscitello didn’t notice how badly injured she was, and even continued to maintain the woman.
Then her accomplice checked out her stated, “We’re getting another ambulance for you.”
The EMT obtained 4 stitches on the hospital and is scheduled to see a plastic surgeon Monday, she stated.
The teen was charged with assault within the second diploma and assault with intent to trigger bodily damage, police and sources informed The Post.
Piscitello, who lives on Staten Island, stated there was swelling round her eye Saturday and that she was nonetheless in ache. She has been buoyed by the assist of family and friends.
Two of her FDNY colleagues began a GoFundMe campaign to assist her.
“I’m definitely going to take my time to recover,” she stated. “Emotionally I think I’ll be OK after a few weeks.”