2 Conn. firefighters assaulted by overdose patient
Willimantic Chief Marc Scrivener said the crewmembers restrained the agitated patient in an ambulance, but he broke free
WILLIMANTIC, Conn. — Two Willimantic firefighters were treated at Windham Community Memorial Hospital after an overdose patient assaulted them Friday evening.
According to Willimantic Fire Chief Marc Scrivener, the incident was reported at 6: 08 p. m. and occurred at the intersection of Pearl and Spring streets.
He said the patient, a 27 year- old male North Haven resident, was unresponsive in the vehicle. Scrivener said the patient was restrained in the ambulance because he was very agitated, but broke free and assaulted two firefighters who were providing EMS care.
He said both firefighters were treated and released from the Windham Hospital emergency room. Scrivener did not identify those firefighters, who received minor injuries, to protect their privacy. He said one of the firefighters went home for the rest of the shift, but came back to work for the next shift. Willimantic Police Lt. Matthew Solak said on Tuesday that no arrests had been made in connection with this incident.
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