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Video: Chicago medic describes being attacked by patient

He was hitting and kicking for a good 15 minutes; she and her partner called for police three times and got no response

By EMS1 Staff

CHICAGO — A Chicago paramedic who responded to an unconscious person lying outside a chocolate factory told ABC in a video interview about the moment he began assaulting them.

“I had a crown that was knocked out,” medic Susan Schultz told ABC News. “I got my foot stomped. I also have injuries to my back.”

They called for police three times without getting a response, then called for their engine company to come and assist. The 27-year-old attacker reportedly had a BCA of 0.290, and continued being aggressive on the way to the hospital.

"It was a good 15 minutes,” she said. “He was hitting with his fist, with his legs, kicking; he was completely out of control.”

The man is also accused of attacking another Chicago medic that same day. He faces a felony charge of aggravated battery.

Chicago Firefighter's Union President Tom Ryan said assaults have been on the rise. Over the winter, they were happening on a weekly basis, and he said there is usually some kind of substance abuse involved.

He said prosecution will hopefully act as a deterrent.

“If you lay your hand in any way on one of our members, whether it’s a firefighter or a paramedic,” he said, “we are going to do everything in our power to make sure you are charged with a felony and you see the inside of a jail.”

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Dakota Cortez Dakota Cortez Thursday, May 08, 2014 4:15:42 PM My first call should have been to the engine company, then the police. What was the partner doing? Why no O2 therapy?
LifeSigns Plus Inc. LifeSigns Plus Inc. Friday, May 09, 2014 8:00:55 AM We just held a benefit for Paramedic Brad Harmon from North Memorial Ambulance Service in Walker, MN. He was violently attacked by a patient and suffered a traumatic brain injury. Brad will never work again and will probably require constant care for the rest of his life. Brad was one of our Educators, my wife's partner for many years and one of the nicest guys you will ever meet. This is a growing problem that needs to be addressed more aggressively. We need to be careful NOT to blame the medics on scene but to step up the training for our staff and crew. Scene safety is not just about falling buildings, fires, and fast moving water. Patients present unique complications and we have to stay on our toes and alert at all times.

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