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Massachusetts Paramedics, EMTs Learn Defensive Tactics

DUDLEY, Mass. -- It took less than 10 seconds but Dudley Fire Department Capt. Paul Konieczny won’t soon forget the moment an angry man grabbed him in a bear hug, forced him through a closed door and slammed him into a pickup truck with such force that an impression of his body was left behind in the metal.

“It was over like that,” Capt. Konieczny said, recalling that the elderly man he’d been tending to was still inside the house, injured and needing help.

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