DARTMOUTH - A Halifax paramedic found himself in a scary situation Saturday evening when a man he had helped revive pulled a knife and chased him out of a Dartmouth apartment.
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Paramedics are seen in this file photo.
Halifax Regional Police say the paramedic was working on an unconscious man inside an apartment in the 200 block of Wyse Road around 6 p.m.
Staff Sgt. Bill Morris said once the man started breathing again he became âvery aggressiveâ and pulled a knife on the paramedic, who called for police assistance.
âIf they donât feel safe theyâre going to call, like the general public,â Morris said.
Officers arrived and arrested the man, who is due in Dartmouth provincial court on Monday. He is charged with assault with a weapon, uttering threats and breaching a court order.
âIt was handled but it is still concerning, especially for the paramedic,â Morris said Sunday. âAnytime a weapon is pulled on a member of emergency services âŠ itâs very concerning.
âWeâre there to help people,â Morris added.
In an email, the spokeswoman for Emergency Health Services Nova Scotia said they are very relieved the paramedic wasnât hurt but the paramedic occupation, like all first responders, âcarries inherent risk.â
Stacey Brown said the paramedic supervisor responded to the call alone, which is common for supervisors on a support unit. EHS workers donât carry weapons, Brown said, and are trained in ânon-violent crisis intervention.â
Brown said if medical communications officers suspect there could be danger on any call, paramedics wait for police before responding but âsome situations are unpredictable.â