Detroit EMT injured in attack

Candice Williams and Mark Hicks
The Detroit News

A Detroit emergency medical technician was attacked on a run Tuesday evening, city officials said.

The worker was in stable condition at St. John Hospital after the attack with a department radio, said Detroit Senior Firefighter James Plieth.

Two EMTs were responding to a medical emergency in the 4600 block of Chatsworth on the city’s east side about 7:30 p.m. when “family members became unruly,” said Detroit police Officer Jennifer Moreno. They shattered a window in the rig, injuring one of the workers, she said.

Executive Fire Commissioner Eric Jones said the workers had been treating a patient with breathing difficulties then decided to transport that person to the hospital when someone attacked, “unprovoked, illegally.”

The injured worker, a five-year veteran, was expected to make a full recovery, Jones said.

No arrests had been made Tuesday night; police were investigating.

The incident came less than six months after a Detroit EMS paramedic and her partner were slashed with a box cutter Oct. 20 outside a homeless shelter near the city’s Cass Corridor area.

Kelly Adams testified during a preliminary examination for Michael Awan Montgomery last fall that the Detroiter attacked her and Al Rojas, cutting their faces and hands, after the man was told he couldn’t ride in an ambulance with a woman the paramedics had just treated.

City emergency workers risk their safety “day in and day out to make sure our citizens receive excellent care should they need assistance,” Jones said. “We need to treat them with respect and dignity.”