CLEVELAND, OH (WOIO) - Paramedics and EMTs save our lives in emergencies, but who is looking out for them when the people they're supposed to save turn violent?
Cleveland EMS ambulances sometimes beat police to the scene, putting paramedics’ lives at risk in dangerous situations.
Cleveland19 has an exclusive interview with two paramedics assaulted on the job.
“I still have scars on my hand and my face, and I'll have reminders every time I look at it, of what happened,” Ethan Schilling said.
Ethan was attacked in December and just went back to work this week.
Spencer Huston was attacked by a patient who grabbed scissors out of the ambulance this past June.
“He immediately tried to stab me in the chest multiple times. So then I grabbed his hands and tried to hold him down,” Huston said.
Paramedics say the city can improve their safety on calls like this by changing its policy on EMS responses to police calls.
Tonight at 11, we’ll explain why paramedics want their policy changed and have the city’s response.