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Fla. man attacks fire truck, punches medic

The man was reportedly extremely intoxicated

By EMS1 Staff

GAINESVILLE, Fla. — A Fla. man was arrested Sunday morning after he pounded on the hood of a fire truck and punched an off-duty paramedic in the head.

Preston Porter Calkins, 24, reportedly ran into the road in front of a fire truck that was responding to a call early Sunday morning and started pounding on the hood of the vehicle, according to a Gainesville Police Department report.

After hitting the vehicle, Calkins climbed atop the side running boards and started swearing at the paramedics inside.

Police say Calkins was "extremely intoxicated".

An off-duty paramedic who was driving by stopped at the scene and rolled down his window to check on the paramedics when Calkins ran to the open window and cussed at the medic and repteadly punched him in the head until the other medics subdued him.

Calkins was arrested on charges of assault and battery during burglary.

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Kevin Crowe Kevin Crowe Monday, February 04, 2013 7:07:21 PM Hope he got an ass beating.
Jeremy Simmons Jeremy Simmons Tuesday, February 05, 2013 7:44:45 PM lucky he wasnt shot.
Lynn Briggs Lynn Briggs Wednesday, February 06, 2013 4:51:19 AM Funny how you all get indignant when this happens but NOTHING is ever done about these people. Drunk Drugs...doesn't matter it is ASSAULT! YET no-one was upset when it happened to 2 EMT/Medic in Mont Vernon, NH and they are at 10 (TEN) surgeries, terminated from the Service they were working for, and the assailant walked free of felony charges.....VIOLENCE AND ASSAULT ON EMS workers is Unacceptable......when are we/you all going to be pissed and demand accountability and big jail time!
Mike Cress Mike Cress Wednesday, February 06, 2013 6:06:04 AM im pretty sure he did
Melinda Teaster Williams Melinda Teaster Williams Wednesday, February 06, 2013 5:03:59 PM 2 Question, 1st Burglary happens at night, so how does being in the middle of the road on a Sunday morning make this Buglary? 2nd if this person was out of his mind and drunk why was the Police not intial called? and why did the off duty medic not just drive away? so maybe 3 questions I think the problem is that so many times the abuse of over charging happens so frequently that when a "true Assualt" happens nothing ever happens, Not that we as paramedics, Fire Fighters and Rescue member do not take abuse, but when you have a drunk, drugged out out their mind person the Police should be involved.

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