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EMTs Threatened While Assisting Patient In Madison

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by Mark Bellinger 

MADISON, Tenn. – A group of Emergency Medical Technicians were threatened recently, while assisting a patient in northern Davidson County.

Thursday night, EMTs with the Nashville Fire Department responded to a person who was sick in Madison. When they arrived, a man who was with the patient was reportedly upset.

"It appears that a family member was agitated because they didn't come in with their lights and siren. They thought the response was a little long,” said Assistant Fire Chief Charles Shannon.

According to the police report, the man who was upset was the patient's brother, Vincent Sanders.

The report said Sanders was upset, and then he reportedly whistled for some of his buddies to come over and they surrounded the paramedics.

That's when one of the medics activated the emergency button.

That button is on the portable radios firefighters and paramedics use when they're away from their vehicles.

"If I push down on it right now it's going to send a signal to communications that this radio that belongs to me has been activated,” said Shannon.

Paramedics have been instructed to stay back at a staging area when dispatchers believe the situation could be dangerous.

In the Madison case, cooler heads prevailed. Sanders was arrested along with and another man, identified as Timothy Harris.

Charges against Sanders were later dropped. Harris was charged with public intoxication and resisting arrest.

Shannon said fire department is investigating.

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