A Boston firefighter pleaded not guilty Friday to assault charges stemming from an incident at Boston Medical Center when he allegedly struggled with security officers while hospital staff tried to prevent his son from leaving the emergency room, according to court records.
Eric Foreman was on duty at a firehouse when he was notified that his son had been taken to the emergency room at the South End hospital at 10 p.m. Thursday, according to Fire Department spokesman Steve MacDonald and court records.
After Foreman arrived, his son tried to run out of the emergency room, according to a report filed in Boston Municipal Court by hospital special police officers. As hospital staff restrained his son, the officers stepped in between the 52-year-old Foreman and the staff, according to the report.
At some point, according to the report, Foreman looked at Special Police Officer Ryan Walshe, telling him, “Don’t put your hands on me.’’ Foreman struggled with Walshe and other officers before finally being taken into custody.
Foreman was arraigned in Boston Municipal Court on three counts of assault and battery on a police officer causing injury. He was released on $200 cash bail, according to court records.
MacDonald said Foreman is a 25-year firefighter who will remain on active duty while the department monitors the case.
Several special police officers needed treatment for minor injuries, according to the report.Evan Allen can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org. Follow her on Twitter @evanmallen. John R. Ellement can be reached at ellement@globe.
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