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A city man accused of assaulting two McKeesport Ambulance Rescue Service employees who were attempting to treat him has been ordered held for court.
Cordell M. Brown, 31, remains free on his own recognizance pending formal arraignment March 13 at the Allegheny County Courthouse.
McKeesport police said MARS paramedics were dispatched on the night of Dec. 15 to a bar in the 500 block of Fifth Avenue when callers reported that a patron was suffering a seizure.
The patron, identified by police as Brown, was put onto a stretcher and placed into an ambulance for transport to the emergency room at UPMC McKeesport hospital, according to a report. During the trip, police said, Brown became violent and placed a paramedic in a headlock.
The emergency medical technician who was driving the ambulance pulled over at the corner of Fifth Avenue and Evans Street to assist the paramedic, but police said Brown punched the paramedic in the head and kicked the EMT several times.
Police responded and forcibly removed Brown from the ambulance, and a McKeesport police lieutenant took Brown to the ER, according to a report.
Both the paramedic and EMT returned to work the following day and were not seriously injured, said Bill Miller, chief of McKeesport Ambulance Rescue Service.
Combative or abusive patients are "something that we do need to be aware of," he said. "It does seem to be happening more frequently than it used to, but fortunately, it doesn't happen very often, knock on wood."
Brown was charged by McKeesport police with aggravated assault, simple assault, disorderly conduct and harassment and ordered held for court Jan. 27 following a preliminary hearing before Magisterial District Judge Eugene Riazzi.
One count of disorderly conduct was dismissed by Riazzi and two additional counts of aggravated assault with withdrawn by prosecutors.
Originally published February 05, 2020.