A man suffering from a drug overdose attacked the firefighter who was trying to save his life Thursday, police said.
Joel Burgess, 32, of Mechanicville, was found unresponsive at a house on 126th Street in Troy. Firefighters quickly administered treatment for a drug overdose, but as Burgess was “coming out of his stupor,” he lashed out at the man treating him, police said.
He stabbed the firefighter with a hypodermic needle.
Both Burgess and the firefighter were taken to Samaritan Hospital. But Burgess fled the hospital. He was found in Schaghticoke a short time later.
Police charged him with assault, a felony, and three misdemeanors: possession of a controlled substance, possession of a hyperdermic needle, and obstructing emergency medical services.