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Chicago FD paramedic attacked by patient

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About 4 a.m., Chicago Fire Department paramedics were called to the on the 2700-block of West 68th Street for a female seeking medical attention. The patient became combative during her treatment and began fighting the paramedics inside the ambulance. Latorya Thigpen, 19, allegedly spat at the paramedics, struck them in the body, face, and head with closed fists, punched them multiple times, kicked and scratched them as they attempted to treat her. Injuries to the victims included scratches, abrasions, bruising and even loss of consciousness due to the blows. She was charged with two felony counts of aggravated battery.

While paramedics were in the 6800 block of South Damen Avenue responding to this call, their ambulance was struck by a bullet. A group of people gathered outside the ambulance and began banging on the windows and doors to get inside. That’s when several shots were fired somewhere outside. The paramedics drove away with the patient to 69th Street and Bell Avenue, before dropping her off at Holy Cross Hospital. Officers arrived shortly after to a call of gunshots fired in the area and recovered shell casings and a vehicle related to the shooting.

A bullet hole was discovered in the ambulance

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Chicago FD paramedics attacked by patient

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A couple attacked paramedics who had come to their aid on the Harrison Street Red Line platform over the weekend, Cook County prosecutors said in court Tuesday.

Robert Adams, 42, punched two paramedics Sunday night, Assistant State’s Attorney Erin Antonietti said.

Adams also allegedly spit in the face of one the emergency responder paramedics who was trying to treat his 21-year-old girlfriend Cherise Finley at the station in the 600 block of South State.

Finley, who appeared to be intoxicated, also punched and scratched a paramedic, police said.

The paramedics were responding to a domestic disturbance involving Adams and Finley. They suffered redness and swelling in their faces, she said. They were treated at Northwestern Memorial Hospital and released.

The pair ran off following the assault but were arrested about three blocks away, police said.

Adams, of the 2700 block of West Harrison; and Finley, of the 1400 block of South Canal, were charged with aggravated battery.

Judge James Brown ordered Finley held on a $75,000 bond; and Adams on $90,000.

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other attacks on paramedics were posted HERE

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Stronger penalties for assaulting police, fire, and EMS workers (more)

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 It comes with the job, you never know what the next call will bring, Chicago Firefighter Kelly Begley says. She recalls how on one early morning in October 2014 in the 200 block of west Jackson, she and other CFD first responders firefighters and paramedics were helping Brandon Pinder. He was in need of medical care when he turned on them and attacked. He lunged at the lieutenant, fell to the ground and then bit paramedic Begley in the leg. Both had to be hospitalized.

The pain of the tissue and the damage was one thing, the mental anguish of “what if?” was another. Pinder was charged with multiple felonies and on Wednesday in a courtroom filled with any fellow first responders firefighters and paramedics he received his sentence 6 years in the state penitentiary.

This isn’t the first time she’s been assaulted on the job and too often she says she’s not alone. She said it was her third time being assaulted and this past Halloween weekend, five to seven department members were assaulted and incidents like these happened on a regular basis.

CFD union officials in recent days met with State’s Attorney Anita Alvarez to impress upon her that when assaults to first responders firefighters and paramedics happen, they don’t want them watered down to misdemeanors to make room on the docket or in prison for more so-called serious crimes.

Begley says her enthusiasm for her job hasn’t waned, she and her colleagues just want to send a clear message that they didn’t sign up to be assaulted, they signed up to help people.

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Chicago FD paramedic attacked by patient

The Chicago Tribune has an article about yet another Chicago paramedic assaulted by the patient being treated.

A suburban Glenview man was ordered held on $75,000 bail Sunday after prosecutors said he attacked a paramedic who was trying to help him Friday night.

Henry N. Taylor, 23, of the 600 block of Raleigh Road, is charged with felony aggravated battery in the incident, which took place near the corner of North Dearborn and West Erie streets in Chicago’s Near North area, according to court records. Paramedics found Taylor lying in the street, “face down, apparently intoxicated” Friday night, according to court records.

While waiting for an ambulance, Taylor jumped up and attacked the 31-year-old male paramedic, who was treated and released for bruises he sustained in the incident, according to Assistant State’s Attorney Mary Hain and court records.

Police responded and found the paramedic and a witness restraining Taylor.

“(Expletive) you,” Taylor said, adding a few racial epithets as well, according to Hain. “I have money. I’m a millionaire.”

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Chicago FD paramedic attacked by patient

The Chicago Tribune has an article about another physical attack on a paramedic:

A Chicago Fire Department paramedic was ready to treat a patient Friday but ended up needing medical care himself after the man lashed out violently, police said. The medic had loaded Reyfius C. Purches, 46, into a CFD ambulance on the North Side just after 5:30 p.m. Friday, police said.

But Purches “became agitated,” court documents said, and punched the 42-year-old paramedic with a closed fist to his face in the 4500 block of North Broadway in Uptown. Prosecutors said Purches struck the medic several times.

Instead of the medic taking Purches to an emergency room, crews took the paramedic to Weiss Memorial Hospital for bruising and swelling. Purches got a ride to jail and was charged with a felony count of aggravated battery.

A resident of the 4600 block of North Clifton Avenue in Uptown, Purches appeared in bond court Saturday before Judge Laura Marie Sullivan. She ordered Purches held on $60,000 bail. He’ll return to court Friday.

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Patient punches paramedic has an article HERE entitled “Patient Pommels Paramedic …”  where he states that:

A PATIENT WHO WAS BEING TRANSPORTED by a Chicago Fire Department ambulance Monday morning suddenly went nuts and physically attacked the paramedic who was with him in the back.

The ambulance was pulling into the loading area at Holy Cross Hospital when Natour inexplicably began pounding on the paramedic with his fists leaving the paramedic with bruises and swelling to his forehead, and abrasions and swelling to his leg.

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