FDNY firefighter accused of hitting motorist in parking space fight

Firefighter Gilberto Martinez, 34, is facing misdemeanor assault, weapons possession and harassment charges for allegedly punching a man


Thomas Tracy
New York Daily News

NEW YORK — An off-duty FDNY firefighter who was honored for heroism earlier this week found himself under arrest early Saturday for allegedly hitting a man over a parking space in Queens, officials said.

Firefighter Gilberto Martinez, 34, is facing misdemeanor assault, weapons possession and harassment charges for allegedly punching a man during a 1 a.m. clash on 76th Road near Queens Blvd. in Forest Hills.

Martinez received a desk appearance for the attack and will answer the charges in court at a later date. (Photo/ FDNY)
Martinez received a desk appearance for the attack and will answer the charges in court at a later date. (Photo/ FDNY)

Police said that as the two men argued, Martinez got out of his car and punched the other motorist in the face, then whipped out a collapsible metal baton and threatened to hit him with it.

It was quite a different scene at City Hall on Wednesday, where Martinez received the FDNY’s Thomas E. Crimmins Medal for pulling two people from a burning home in Queens Village in April 2018. As the fire raged, Martinez and Firefighter John Basquez used a portable ladder to get to a second floor bathroom window. Once inside the burning apartment they found the two victims.

Martinez received a desk appearance for the attack and will answer the charges in court at a later date, officials said.

An FDNY spokesman said Saturday that once the details of the arrest had been reviewed Martinez could face suspension.

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