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Was DC firefighter high or drunk when beaten during EMS response?

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NOTE: This story was originally posted with the wrong rank listed for the firefighter and has been corrected.

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Above, is thirty seconds of video on social media showing the DC firefighter who was attacked and is currently under investigation. The firefighter’s identity has been masked by WRC-TV/NBC4. It shows the firefighter at the curb in front of an ambulance. In the video, the firefighter pretty much stands there as he is being taunted with accusations that he is drunk.


A DC Fire and EMS firefighter and EMT (DCFEMS) crew member, who was allegedly “inebriated,” was attacked while responding to a medical call for a 3-year-old on Aug. 13 in Southeast Washington, according to fire officials.

The DCFEMS crew member sustained a broken jaw after an assault by multiple people, and remains in the hospital. Fire officials say he has been with the department since Sept. 2007.

Fire officials say a call was made for a 3-year-old who may have suffered an injury caused by a fall in the 200 block of 37th Street, SE. The child was treated at the scene and taken to an area hospital.

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D.C. Fire and EMS is investigating allegations that the firefighter, who the department did not immediately name, was intoxicated, a statement issued Monday afternoon says.

“While still on the scene, allegations were made that the member who was assaulted was possibly intoxicated or under the influence of drugs,” a statement from the fire department says.

The firefighter responded and offered treatment to the child but “the parents refused because they felt [the firefighter] was inebriated,” a police report says.

As the firefighter and his partner headed back to their vehicle, several people beat the firefighter.

The fire department’s internal affairs department as well as D.C. police are investigating. The firefighter has been on the job for nearly a decade.

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