Ambulance company says it followed protocol before girl’s death

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A Rockland ambulance company under fire for allegedly failing to report the drowning death of a 7-year-old in Pomona last month says its responders followed protocol.

"Hatzolah's ambulance arrived on the scene and, as is the protocol for those situations, rapidly transported the child to Nyack Hospital, which is the closest hospital," says Hatzolah spokesman Mordy Eisenberg.

Eisenberg says paramedics were able to resuscitate the child. 

However, the girl died more than a week later at Westchester Medical Center, prompting staff there to notify police.  Police said they were completely unaware of what happened days before.

Eisenberg, who is also a licensed paramedic, says that he did not believe that police were notified about the incident, but there was no suspicion of abuse or neglect, and that first responding medical personnel followed protocol.

"The law explicitly trusts the members to make that decision as to whether or not something may have happened,” he said.

Rockland officials say the current guidelines pose a serious problem and cite the Pomona tragedy as an example. A proposed county law would require that police be notified of calls. Current protocol only requires paramedics to report cases of suspected child abuse, according to a representative of the state.

Haverstraw police say the drowning appears to be a tragic accident. 

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