Aberdeen EMS Crew Locks Itself in Ambulance During Fight

Baltimore Sun, May 1, 2013

An Aberdeen EMS crew locked itself in its ambulance Tuesday night when it arrived at a call in Perryman and encountered a large fight.

The ambulance was responding for a call of a sick woman in the 400 block of Daugherty Lane around 9:30 p.m. Tuesday, according to Richard Gardiner of the Harford County Volunteer Fire & EMS Association and Edward Hopkins, spokesman for the Harford County Sheriff’s Office.

When they arrived, the EMS crew reported people were fighting in the road and they “locked themselves in the unit for their own safety,” Gardiner said.

After taking shelter in the ambulance, the EMS crew called 911 to report the situation, making note that items, possibly rocks, were being thrown at the ambulance.

More than 30 people were fighting outside the medic unit, according to Gardiner, and the unit was “basically surrounded with people fighting and throwing things at each other and was not safe to leave.”

So many people were in the area, he wrote in a message, that the ambulance couldn’t get out safety through the crowd without possibly hitting someone.

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{snip} The patient for whom the ambulance had been dispatched was uncooperative and would not speak to police.

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