They’re used to saving the lives of strangers.
But early Tuesday morning, two EMS workers were fighting to save their own lives after getting stabbed and slashed with a knife in the Cass Corridor.
The attacke occurred around 12:30 a.m. as the male and female first responders were tending to a woman with a minor ankle injury across the street from the Neighborhood Services Organization homeless shelter on Third near Martin Luther King Jr.
A man who was with the injured woman became agitated for unknown reasons and began stabbing the EMS workers, who also were slashed in the face and hands.
The EMS workers, who were bleeding profusely, climbed into their ambulance and rushed to the hospital, where they are expected to undergo surgery. They were in stable condition this morning but likely will be scarred, officials said.
The attacker remained on the loose this morning, and no details of his identity were divulged.
The Cass Corridor, where the new Red Wings arena is being built, has a high concentration of underserved mentally ill people.
Steve Neavling lives and works in Detroit as an investigative journalist. His stories have uncovered corruption, led to arrests and reforms and prompted FBI investigations.