EMT who responded on 9/11 reports access issues due to service dog

Jamie Hazan, who has a service dog to help with his PTSD, said he has been turned away twice because of his dog

By EMS1 Staff

NEW YORK — An EMT who responded to the World Trade Center attacks on Sept. 11 claims he has been denied access to two different buildings due to his service dog.

CBS New York reported that earlier this month volunteer EMT Jamie Hazan attempted to go into a building with his dog a block from the World Trade Center and was denied access.

Hazan has a service dog to help with his PTSD after responding to the 9/11 attacks.

"Ended up with five counterterrorism police officers, being taken off the street, because a guard doesn't believe me that Bernie the dog is a service dog," Hazan told CBS New York.

In September, Hazan said he was also denied entry to the New York State Psychiatric Institute when he walked in with Bernie, according to the report. 

"I basically said, 'He's a service dog,' but that's after he said, 'Hey, no dogs,' and I’m like, 'Hey, have you read the law lately?'' Hazan said.

NYPD officers were called and Hazan was later allowed inside.

Hazan is hoping the New York State Attorney General's office investigates the two separate incidents.

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