Engine 58 and EMS Medic 13 were dispatched to the 4600 block of Chatsworth. EMS found a patient in need of immediate transport. The crew would transport to the appropriate medical facility for care. The family became unruly and entered the rear of the ambulance, eventually exiting. Needing immediate transport, the medic crew attempted to depart the scene.
A family member forced open the drivers door of the ambulance and attempted to pull the driver of the medic unit from the vehicle. The medic was able to get the door closed and locked. The rear module was locked as the compartment had been breached earlier. As the crew was attempting to leave, the family was in a scrum with the fire crew of engine 58 and pushed a fireman while removing his prep radio. The perp threw the prep radio through the rear module widow breaking it. The prep radio struck the attending medic, knocking him unconscious. The medic fell into the side compartment entry way.
The medic unit was able to drive several blocks away where the driver of the unit tended to his injured partner and the patient who also sustained injuries. DEMS units and supervisors responded to assist with the call for help.
As of this hour, our brother is being cared for by the compassionate professionals at St John’s Hospital-Thank you! It is hard to look into another Detroit EMS unit and see the blood of one of your brothers on the wall and on the prep radio. You know the pain they suffered while trying to help others. There was a lot of support for our brothers from the field medics to the executive staff. We will pray for a speedy recovery.