Ex-FDNY paramedic battles cancer, nearly two years after Covid vaccine layoff


A veteran FDNY paramedic fired by the city for refusing to get vaccinated for COVID-19 is now fighting cancer and facing a long road of chemotherapy treatments.

Rocky Point native Carin Rosado, 34, has been diagnosed with Hodgkin’s lymphoma, according to a GoFundMe fundraising page established by her friends, Krista O’Dea and So Dina.

“As with any cancer diagnosis, treatment is lengthy and can be extremely taxing to the physical body,” the women wrote on the page. “Having a support system is key throughout any healing journey.”

Rosado was laid off and eventually let go from her job as an emergency medical specialist in February 2022 after she refused to comply with New York City’s vaccine mandate. She had been on the job for 10 years.

“Carin was a co-worker and will always be a FDNY Station 46 Paramedic sister whom I respect and would see on a daily basis even during the pandemic,” Alexir Ramos Sanabria commented on the GoFundMe page.

Angela DiLalla added, “Thank you for your witness in fighting for freedom…God bless you in this new fight, please be assured of my prayers!”

The GoFundMe page describes Rosado as “caring, kind, generous and loving.”

“Carin always goes above and beyond to help her family, friends and anyone else in need,” the GoFundMe page reads. “She is strong, creative, insightful and smart. She is a beautiful woman, both inside and out.”

The goal of the GoFundMe page is to help Rosado financially and ensure she “can concentrate on her health instead of worrying about paying rent, putting food on the table and covering out-of-pocket medical expenses.”

With more than 100 donations, the GoFundMe page has raised more than $14,000.

You can click here to make a donation.

“As with any cancer diagnosis, treatment is lengthy and can be extremely taxing to the physical body. Having a support system is key throughout any healing journey,” Rosado’s friends wrote on the GoFundMe page for her.

Back in March 2022, Rosado spoke with Bloomberg News about working on the frontline during the pandemic and then losing her job for deciding against receiving the vaccine.

“You feel dispensable,” she said. “I had to be there to help the city. And then it turned around and I lost my job.”

Top photo: Former FDNY paramedic Carin Rosado (center) with Democratic presidential candidate Robert F. Kennedy Jr. (far left) in a photo taken this summer (Source: Facebook).

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