A female paramedic on the FDNY was promoted to captain last month, despite failing her recertification exam twice and landing on a “restricted” list.
Juliette Arroyo was recently given the promotion on January 23, swearing in alongside 22 other EMS captains, despite effectively being barred from working as a paramedic and facing a state certification expiration date later this month.
While Arroyo seems to have lost her touch as a paramedic, she seemingly had no problems currying favor with EMS Chief James Booth as his driver and personal aide, a position she has held since 2015.
FDNY Spokesman Frank Gribbon told the New York Post, Arroyo “met all criteria for promotion to captain” because her EMS certification has yet to expire.
Arroyo seems to be the exception to the new rule, however, with Gribben adding that “Going forward, the department will specifically require anyone being promoted to be certified at their highest previously attained EMS level.”
Arroyo’s new position comes with a base salary of $75,000, but she will continue to work as Chief Booth’s aide.
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