Bed Stuy: Do or Die | 2010
A look at the Bedford-Stuyvesant Volunteer Ambulance Corps (BSVAC). Back in 1988, when gangs ran the streets, the gun was law and crack use was at an all time high, the ambulance response times in Bed-Stuy took up to forty minutes, leaving people to die in the gutter. Community member James "Rocky" Robinson decided to take action. Working with gang members, alcoholics and drug takers, he taught them that it is better to save a life than to take one. Together with his volunteers, Rocky has reduced the waiting time for an ambulances to a record breaking four minutes. But this first minority volunteer run ambulance corp in the United States of America has fallen on hard times while waiting for a new headquarters, and has been forced to operate out of a tent in an empty lot. BSVAC is fighting to stay alive.