Two paramedics were injured Monday morning when a patient apparently attacked them and tried to steal a fire engine.
The incident was reported after a response to a motor vehicle crash scene, preliminarily reported to be at West Berkley and Morris streets, around 5:30 a.m. Monday.
A union spokesman says the paramedics were assaulted at 19th Street and Erie Avenue while transporting one patient to a hospital.
According to the union, the patient chased a female paramedic out of the ambulance and down the street, then threw an oxygen bottle at a fire engine window before trying to jump in the driver's seat of the engine.
That's when firefighters dragged the patient out, the union spokesman says, and police used a stun device on the patient.
Bill Gault, president of International Association of Firefighters Local 22, issued a statement later on Monday saying the "chaotic early morning incident … demonstrates the dangers our union brothers and sisters face daily in the City of Philadelphia."
Gault added, "It appears that our paramedics will be alright. Were it not for their quick thinking, valor and training, the situation could have been much worse. This criminal matter is now in the hands of the police department."
Cooler and drier air moves in today but the heat and humidity return for the second half of the holiday weekend.
A cold front came through last night meaning cooler, less humid air is moving in for Thursday. Mostly sunny skies and winds gusting to 25mph are also expected today. Friday starts off very cool and also features a pleasant afternoon.
The holiday weekend is looking warmer and unsettled. Shower and thunderstorm chances increaselate Sunday and Labor Day.