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
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.”