Student Charged in Attack on Chicago Paramedic

A DePaul University student is facing felony charges after he allegedly attacked a Chicago Fire Department paramedic who was trying to help him earlier this month.

WLS-TV reported ( that prosecutors say Erik Kawar’s girlfriend called paramedics when he came home drunk with a head injury from hitting the pavement. Chicago paramedic Kelly Begley was dispatched to provide aid, but Kawar allegedly swore at her and then hit Begley in the face, giving her a black eye. He then allegedly pushed her into the wall and fell on her. Begley was transported to an area medical facility for treatment.

Kawar made an appearance in court Monday, and fire union officials turned up to press for felony charges against him.

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For more on self-defense for paramedics and firefighters, consider New Free Firefighters/EMT Self-Defense Program Available, Assault : A New Reality for First Responders, and Firefighter Safety: The Violent Confrontation.

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