By COLlive reporter
Heightened security at shuls across New York this past weekend caused a disruption to the work of Hatzalah, the Jewish ambulance volunteer service.
But the head of the Crown Heights Hatzalah Yingy Bistritzky says that false reports of the incident were spread by individuals looking to discredit police work.
After a black pedestrian was struck in Crown Heights on Sunday, one of the Hatzalah volunteers drove up Kingston Avenue to retrieve the ambulance parked near 770 Eastern Parkway.
Being in a hurry, the volunteer made a left on the Parkway, briefly driving against traffic, Bistritzky told COLlive.com.
A nearby police officer, stationed there as part of new security measures around shuls, questioned the man about his driving, and was notified about the emergency.
But the cop said they were on high alert due to explosives sent to shuls in Chicago and that he cannot allow any disturbances without the permission of his superiors.
After the volunteer parked properly, he was allowed to drive the ambulance to the location of the crash.
“Those cops placed near 770 were from the 70th Police Precinct and not the local 71st Precinct in Crown Heights,” explained Bistritzky, who is on good terms with the NYPD. “They were just doing their jobs.”
Brooklyn South Police Chief Joseph Fox, in command of the 70th Pct. was called.
Fox said he’ll take steps to correct the problem and the officers will be disciplined, as they are from the Boro Park and Flatbush area and should be aware of Hatzalah’s activities.
In response to rumors about the police lack of understanding, Bistritzky says you can’t ‘have your cake and eat it too.’
“The police were actually there for a security watch in response to the recent terror threat on shuls, and we should be thankful for that.”