Governor signs EMT protection law

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) - Gov. Brad Henry has signed legislation to protect medical personnel from assaults.

The measure by Rep. Marian Cooksey of Edmond authorizes a felony
charge against anyone who assaults an emergency medical care
provider or emergency medical technician who is performing medical
care duties. The penalty would be up to two years in prison under the new law.

The Web site www.medicinstitute.org says there were 14 assaults on EMTs last year that resulted in serious injury in Oklahoma. There were six assaults in Oklahoma City and eight in Tulsa.

A 1999 study concluded that during 12 years of service, EMTs
received an average of nine assaults each year, and 92 percent of responding EMTs had been assaulted at some point while performing
their duties.


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