Intoxicated patient punches, bites FDNY paramedics
The paramedics were treated at Saint Barnabas Hospital for pain and swelling to the face and for a bite wound
New York Daily News
NEW YORK — A man assaulted two paramedics in the Bronx as the first responders tried to care for him, officials said Sunday.
EMS was called to evaluate Elias Sanchez Garcia, 42, who was severely intoxicated, at an address on Crosby Ave. near Paine St. in Pelham Bay about 11:10 p.m. Saturday, cops said.
But when the medics got Garcia into an ambulance, he became combative, repeatedly punching one of the first responders in the face.
The punched medic’s partner intervened and in return, Garcia sank his teeth into the man’s leg.
The paramedics were treated at Saint Barnabas Hospital for pain and swelling to the face and for a bite wound. Garcia was transported to the same hospital and charged with felony assault.
Last year, 174 EMTs and paramedics were attacked while responding and treating patients, according to the FDNY.
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