NY City EMT caught sleeping on the job an astounding 12 times can’t be fired

The Sandman has hit a 20-year New York City EMT worker hard — and there appears to be nothing anyone can do about it.

The worker, Serele ­Ehrlich, 57, has been caught sleeping on the job an astounding 12 times!

Co-workers claim the snoozing employee has missed phone calls and radio transmissions while on duty.

While the FDNY was able to strip Ehrlich of her lieutenant rank, they were thwarted in their efforts to fire her back in 2012, according to the New York Post.

They not only charged her with the sleeping episodes but also going AWOL and chronic lateness six times.

Unfortunately, a city judge wouldn’t allow the department to get rid of Ehrlich, saying she had an otherwise unblemished record.

Sal Cassano, who was fire commissioner at the time of the ruling, demoted her to a paramedic, according to the Post.

“The Department should not and will not wait until Lt. Ehrlich’s misconduct results insignificant, perhaps deadly, consequences for the public and/or those she is tasked to supervise,” Cassano wrote in court papers, explaining the demotion.

For her part, Ehrlich claimed her colleagues are engaged in a “witch hunt” against her while acknowledging that she may have a “mild case of sleep apnea,” the Post reported.

“I never hurt nobody,” she said. “I gave my life to the department. What they’ve done to me is so unfair.”

Carmine Sabia


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