N.Y. paramedic dies in motorcycle crash
James Barghaan worked as an EMT for Richmond University Medical Center (RUMC) in West Brighton for 29 years and was named EMT of the year in 1997
By Scott R. Axelrod
Staten Island Advance, N.Y.
STATEN ISLAND, N.Y. — A veteran paramedic, who served Staten Islanders for three decades, died after midnight Sunday when he lost control of his motorcycle and struck a guardrail on the West Shore Expressway, authorities said.
Graniteville resident James Barghaan worked as an EMT for Richmond University Medical Center (RUMC) in West Brighton for 29 years, said his wife Angela Ciocia , who spoke to the Staten Island Advance/SILive.com about her husband.
Barghaan was named EMT of the year in 1997.
Ciocia, also a paramedic with RUMC, said her husband of 25 years was a fishing enthusiast who kept his boat dry docked during the off-season and was a member of a darts team that competed at Mother Pug’s Saloon on Forest Avenue in Port Richmond.
Barghaan also spent much of his downtime caring for and spending time with his two cherished rottweilers, Wolfgang and Astrid.
Barghaan, who had been riding a motorcycle since he was 18 years old, was traveling northbound aboard a 2020 Harley Davidson motorcycle when the crash occurred.
FDNY and EMS responded to the scene after an emergency call was made at 1:37 a.m. , an NYPD spokesperson told the Staten Island Advance/SILive.com.
Barghaan is survived by a brother, two sisters, four nieces and nephews and five great nieces and nephews.
(c)2023 Staten Island Advance, N.Y.
Visit Staten Island Advance, N.Y. at www.silive.com
Distributed by Tribune Content Agency, LLC.