Two First Reponders Attacked At Fire Station

On Monday May 1, 2017, at 10:51 pm,, St. Francis ambulance workers assigned to Wilmington Fire Station 2, located at 400 Newcastle Ave. in Wilmington, were sitting in front of the fire station along with another St. Francis unit conversing when they were approached by 3 unknown pedestrians, according to Wilmington Fire Department Spokesman James Jobes.

Jobes said one of the three pedestrians began talking to the EMS workers stating that he was having chest pains. EMS workers began their normal medical protocol asking appropriate questions to determine the severity of the pedestrian’s chest pains. Soon after one of the two EMTs unprovoked was punched in the face.

Those EMTs initiated a “10-40” a distress call for an officer in trouble. The second EMT gave chase to the assailants where he caught up with one and a brief struggle ensued. After the brief struggle the second EMT sustained a hand injury during a fight.

That suspect then fled on foot in an unknown direction. The “10-40” activated police officers from Wilmington Police Department, New Castle County Police Department, St Francis Ambulance, and Wilmington Fire Department members to respond to assist. An area search was conducted for the suspects with negative results.

Both EMTs involved in the incident were transported to St. Francis Hospital with non-life-threatening injuries. The EMT assaulted was evaluated for facial injuries and the second EMT was evaluated for hand injury.

No suspect information is available at this time. Anyone with information regarding this incident should contact the Wilmington Fire Marshal’s office at 302-571-3120.

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