Rock thrown at Boston EMS ambulance with lights, siren activated

The captain who was driving was not injured, but the rig is now out of service


By Leila Merrill
FireRescue1/EMS1 Staff

BOSTON — A rock was thrown at the windshield of a Boston EMS ambulance at about 7:30 p.m. Wednesday.

Officials said a captain was responding to a shooting and had the rig’s lights and siren on, WCVB reported.

The captain who was driving the ambulance and is a 40-year Boston EMS veteran was not hurt. But the ambulance has a cracked windshield and is out of service.

"Our providers face dangers daily from patients experiencing mental health emergencies to highly contagious diseases, assaults should not be on that list," Matthew Anderson, president of the Boston Police Patrolman's Association's EMS Division, said in a statement. "Our providers were assaulted over 150 times last year, leaving some with permanent bodily injury and disfigurement. We must condemn all attacks against our (emergency medical technicians) and paramedics. Violence against EMS not only places our staff at risk but also the patients we are responding to care for.”

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