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Paul S. Fogle: Duquesne paramedic who went to New York to help

Wednesday, September 11, 2002

By Marylynne Pitz, Post-Gazette Staff Writer

Paul Fogle, a McKeesport paramedic who was fired after calling off work to volunteer at Ground Zero in Lower Manhattan, settled his lawsuit just last week against Duquesne Emergency Medical Services.

Paul Fogle volunteered to help at the World Trade Center site last year, and was fired from his emergency medical services job as a result. He settled a lawsuit over the firing just last week.

Neither Fogle nor his lawyer, Samuel Cordes Jr., would reveal the settlement amount. Fogle, 43, has been unable to find work as a paramedic and is employed two days a week as a convenience store clerk. He still volunteers as an emergency medical technician with White Oak Rescue.

Fogle joined seven colleagues on a trip to New York, traveling with an ambulance, wheelchair van and rescue truck, all packed with medical and cleaning supplies. The crew took part in the bucket brigade and dragged firehoses to Ground Zero.

"We were there to do a job and we did it." Now, Fogle said, "It's humiliating to me to know that I have the skills to save someone's life and can't do it."

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