CA Firefighter Allegedly Attacked by Homeless Man

A firefighter was reportedly assaulted Saturday by a homeless man he was trying to assist in Hemet, California.

Firefighters were called to the area of Paradise Lane and Tabernacle Lane at about 8 p.m, according to a report on ( They requested help from the San Jacinto Police Department when the 46-year-old man they were assisting grew unresponsive and combative.

The man refused to comply with commands from police, physically resisting officers’ efforts to arrest him on suspicion of assaulting a firefighter. He was later taken into custody after a short struggle.

The man was booked into jail on suspicion of assaulting a firefighter, resisting arrest, and being under the influence of a controlled substance.

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Incidents such as this demonstrate the wide variety of hazards firefighters may encounter on the job. For training on dealing with combative patients and self-defense, consider New Free Firefighters/EMT Self -Defense Program Available and National Fire Fighter Near-Miss Reporting System: Down But Definitely Not Out.

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