2 Ariz. firefighters attacked by knife-wielding patient

The patient became combative and grabbed a knife as firefighters attempted to treat him

By FireRescue1 Staff

TUCSON, Ariz. — Two firefighters were released from the hospital after being attacked by a patient during a medical call Sunday. 

Firefighters responded to a call of a man with stomach pain Sunday, reported Tucson News Now. The patient became combative and grabbed a knife when firefighters attempted to treat him. 

“It did turn into a wrestling match in which the firefighters were injured,” Tucson Fire Capt. Andy Skaggs said. 

Both firefighters were transported to the hospital and released soon after.

“Our job is a very dangerous job,” Capt. Skaggs said. “Day in and day out, we never know when that’s going to happen and today was an example of that. And how this could’ve turned into a tragic situation.”

The patient was transported to the hospital for treatment and will be booked into jail when he is released. Officials said he has been charged with three counts of aggravated assault.

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