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EFD May Change Response Protocols After Firefighter is Stabbed in the Face By Man He was Trying to Save

An Evansville fire-fighter is recovering after being attacked by the man he was trying to help.

Posted: Jun 14, 2021 7:27 PM
Updated: Jun 14, 2021 7:50 PM

First responders were initially called to the home on Saturday afternoon on the 4800 block of Ridge Knoll Drive by John Deer's girlfriend who says Deer started turning blue and her attempts to administer CPR on him had failed.

The two doses of Narcan she had given him were also not working. 

But before emergency services even arrived, Deer became conscious again. He started attacking his girlfriend and his own 86-year-old grandfather. Just moments later is when EFD arrived and Deer stabbed the firefighter. 

He tried stabbing him a second time in the face, but the fireman was able to help subdue him. 

"In my 29 years I am not aware of anything even remotely close to someone that we are coming to help attack us," said EFD Division Chief Mike Larson.

Neighbors in the area, like grandmother Linda Stocks who lives with her 12-year-old grandson, are now fearful for their own safety. 

"It's kind of scary to think the firefighter was injured trying to help the situation," she said. 

While the fire department is looking to change their own response protocols. With Larson saying while they want to always help the community members in need. The safety of those firefighters is the first priority when threatened or hurt.

"Somebody could pay the price because our fire-fighters have to be more cautious now," Larson said. "Now because of this particular incident and the incidents happening across the country our firefighters are going to have to approach the doors a little more cautiously."

Deer has been charged with a level 5 felony battery against a firefighter. 

He is set to appear in court Wednesday. 

As for the firefighter, he returned to work just two hours after being stabbed and is still recovering.

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