Story by nbc5.com CHICAGO — A 15-year veteran Chicago Fire Department paramedic was doing her job tending to a beating victim Saturday night when she became a victim herself. Images: Paramedic Attacked
Images: More NBC5.com Slideshows She spoke with NBC5’s Natalie Martinez in an effort to find her attacker and bring him to justice. Martinez said Renee Perry wasn’t even supposed to be at work Saturday, but she had agreed to fill in for someone else. She and her partner responded to a call on the far West Side and were tending to a man who had been beaten near the corner of Thomas Street and Kostner Avenue. At about 2:30 a.m., a group of teens came out of nowhere. “The next thing I know, somebody hit me with a pipe across the face and I went to the ground,” Perry told NBC5. “I think it’s a new thing for these kids to show that they’re tough or something. But, it’s not. It’s cowardly.” “I would hate to think that this was his sister or mother, and somebody hit them,” she said. A paramedic for seven years, Perry said that she’s been in tough neighborhoods before and always felt safe … until now. “I’ve never been afraid,” she told Martinez. “I have a little trouble with this now, because I was helping somebody.” Perry said she wants to make sure those responsible for her injuries are apprehended and prosecuted. She never wants the same thing to happen to anyone else. The Chicago fire union president said he is working toward that end, as are the police. “It’s an aggressive investigation and they’re doing everything that they can to see that this violent individual is brought to justice,” said John Chwarzynski, president of the Chicago Firefighter’s Union. Perry hopes now that the police department gives her and others in her line of work an extra vigilante eye. Despite her new fears, she said nothing will stop her from helping others. “I keep on seeing my head getting cracked and it’s very hard for me because I’m usually not afraid of anything. So, that’s a little hard for me,” she said. “I don’t know how long that will take to get over, but I love my job and I do want to go back.” Perry said she didn’t get a good look at the person who did it, but she hopes a witness can help in the investigation. She spent Wednesday morning with doctors, Martinez said. Her eye is damaged and her vision is foggy, but she said her injuries are improving. Police have no one in custody for the crime.