Audio: Medic attacked by irate resident on Detroit’s east side, rushed to hospital

By Steve Neavling
Motor City Muckraker

A Detroit medic was attacked on Detroit’s east side Tuesday night when an irate family member threw a firefighter’s handheld radio through the back window of an ambulance and struck the medic in the head.

The radio was thrown through this window. Photo courtesy of Detroit Fire Department.
The radio was thrown through this window. Photo courtesy of Detroit Fire Department.

Two medics were preparing to transport a 68-year-old woman to the hospital at about 7:30 p.m. when the attack occurred on the 4600 block of Chatsworth.

The medic was bleeding from the head and rushed to the hospital, where he was in stable condition.

The suspect appeared to be angry that medics were taking his family member to a different hospital than the one he wanted.

“We are being attacked,” firefighters said over the radio. “We’re going to need scout at the scene immediately.”

In October, two Detroit medics were stabbed and slashed by a man with a knife in the Cass Corridor.

http://motorcitymuckraker.com/2015/10/20/two-ems-workers-stabbed-and-slashed-while-helping-victim-in-cass-corridor/

Steve Neavling

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.

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  • Donald E. Hodge

    Steve, Eric Jones had planed to implement new safety changes within the department on how to dispatch Paramedic units in a more controlled manor. other than pumper trucks sharing duties, is there anything else you have heard from downtown on this matter?

  • Trexinmichigan

    Jeez,if they were taking my loved one to Detroit Receiving I would freak out too.

  • javierjuanmanuel

    Cops seem super eager to shoot dogs tied to trees and chained to fences, you need to know that as a reference point as to what first responders do not put up with. Management says if its in your way, shoot it. if there is not a large crowd out there, people like this should be pepper sprayed in the face or tazered, and left in the street and the EMS should bounce.

  • javierjuanmanuel

    I hear these medics deal with this all the time. They are under paid, they make way less than cops, and handle all sorts of nasty stuff cops go years with out touching.

    Detroit gets what it deserves when you treat first responders like crap. I know these guys get held up, fake calls and asked to be taxied to drug houses and partys, they get their rigs stolen, equipment stolen.

    This does not happen everywhere. Its a uniquely predatory city to do this stuff to your medics.

  • Remoat

    I find it funny that anyone would be concerned with what hospital their family member or themselves go to when calling 911. If you are having a medical emergency serious enough to call 911, one would think the hospital wouldn’t matter. Just get me to an ER!! My thoughts are with the crew members.

    • javierjuanmanuel

      Well lay people on the street know best. I mean you went there to have your tonsils taken out in the 1980s, so for sure your uncle should go there when he is stroking out.

      I had knee surgery when I was a kid at childrens hospital, with great results, some day I plan on going there when I am old, and tell them to deal with it, just fix me up

    • javierjuanmanuel

      Well lay people on the street know best. I mean you went there to have your tonsils taken out in the 1980s, so for sure your uncle should go there when he is stroking out.

      I had knee surgery when I was a kid at childrens hospital, with great results, some day I plan on going there when I am old, and tell them to deal with it, just fix me up

  • Third World Detroit

    This kind of behavior should never be tolerated, but the city isn’t willing to draw any firm boundaries where the neighborhoods are concerned.