Special to Franklin County Free Press
HAMILTON TOWNSHIP (April 10) — Firefighters and other first responders have to be prepared for almost anything in the course of their day.
But emergency responders from Franklin Fire Company probably didn’t expect to have to disarm an accident victim when they were dispatched to an accident scene on Lincoln Way West this afternoon.
The brave first responders posted this account on their Facebook page about their encounter with a belligerent accident victim:
“At 2:28 pm, members of the Franklin Fire Company were alerted for a motor vehicle accident at 1038 Lincoln Way West in Hamilton Township.
Squad 41, Engine 43 and Chief 46 responded along with EMS units.
Upon arrival, crews found a dump truck into the guardrail with a single occupant confined inside.
As crews began the extrication, the patient pulled a pistol from his side.
Engine 43’s driver called out that the patient had a gun and began attempting to secure the patient’s arm.
Members operating outside the vehicle quickly jumped inside, restrained the patient and secured the weapon.
The patient continued to punch, kick and spit on members until additional State Police arrived and helped with restraints.
During the incident, the patient and members slid down the embankment.
Members utilized a stokes basket and rope to get the patient back up to EMS units.
No members were injured. Lincoln Way West is shut down for an extended period.
Special Thanks to the Doctor at York Hospital for cutting the straps on our stokes basket. We truly appreciate it!!”
The content of the fire company’s Facebook post was used with permission.
Those who put their lives on the line to help the injured driver said it better than we could. We assume the “appreciation” remark at the end of the post was sarcasm, considering the cost of those straps.
Fire company personnel were assisted at the scene by Pennsylvania State Police. Chambersburg Fire Department provided the ambulance to transport the victim.
Pennsylvania State Police have not yet issued a report about the incident.