A city firefighter was shot in the arm apparently by a projectile
from a pellet gun on Tuesday afternoon in Old Hill as he attempted to
shut off a fire hydrant that had been opened by a group of teens,
The firefighter, Lt. Eddie Sanchez, suffered a minor injury to his
left arm but he declined treatment, said Dennis Leger, aide to Fire
Commissioner Joseph Conant.
Sanchez reported feeling a burning pain in his left arm and then
seeing one of the teens stuffing what he thought looked like a pellet
gun in his pants as he walked away from the scene, Leger said.
Engine 8 from the Mason Square station on Eastern Avenue had been
dispatched to investigate a report of an open hydrant at Quincy and
Orleans streets just before 4 p.m.
When the company arrived, they
found a hydrant had been turned on and a group of teens was standing
around cooling themselves, Leger said.
As firefighters moved to close the hydrant, the teens began to
protest, and seconds later, Sanchez felt pain in his arm, Leger said.
Sgt. John Delaney, aide to Police Commissioner William Fitchet, said
the incident was reported, and police are investigating. There have been
Delaney said police will monitor such incidents closely and if it
becomes necessary, the police may deploy officers to escort
According to Massachusetts law, interfering
with firefighters in the performance of their duties is considered a
felony and punishable by up to a $1,000 fine, 2 ½ years in a house of
correction or up to 5 years in a state prison.