A young firefighter is being lauded for his efforts after a 13-year-old boy drove off with one of the Central Coventry Fire District’s new ambulances Thursday night.
Police said they were trying to calm down the boy, who has ADHD and autism, and brought him to the fire station, where they knew he liked to visit.
When they arrived, the boy unexpectedly ran over to and entered the ambulance, locked its doors and started the vehicle, according to police. It was then Scott Brown Jr., a probationary firefighter in the district, jumped through the open passenger side window and tried to grab the key, but the boy placed the ambulance in drive and it took off.
The chief, who has no relation to the young firefighter, said Brown was hanging out of the window until the ambulance hit a parked cruiser and he was thrown onto Route 117.
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