HARTFORD, Conn. – Authorities say a firefighter in Connecticut is lucky to be alive after he was attacked on Sunday night.
The victim was identified as Lt. Roman Carter of the Hartford Fire Department. He was found with a serious stab wound on Park Street around 10 p.m. Sunday. Police found Carter unresponsive and began performing CPR on him.
NBC 30 reported that Lt. Carter was off duty at the time of the attack.
He was rushed to Hartford Hospital’s intensive care unit. Doctors say the fire lieutenant is lucky to be alive. He was reported to be in stable condition and recovering from his injuries.
Police have arrested Roman’s brother Joshua Carter in connection with the alleged attack. He admitted to stabbing his brother once with a folding knife.
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The altercation between the two brothers reportedly began when the two were arguing over Roman allegedly borrowing Joshua’s girlfriend’s car.
Joshua Carter appeared in court on Tuesday. A judge set his bond at $200,000.
Lt. Carter is expected to be released from the hospital.
This comes in the same weekend that first responders in Hartford became overwhelmed by a massive spike in fentanyl overdoses.
Police reported that five people were in need of critical medical attention in a span of just fifteen hours from the deadly drug.
Fentanyl is a deadly synthetic opioid that’s 50 – 100 times more potent than morphine. Because of the excessive potency, dealers who use fentanyl to cut their supply often miscalculate, leading to user overdoses across the country.
There have been FIVE (5) fatal overdoses in the city in the past fifteen hours. We are seeing fentanyl present in pill form, mixed w/heroin, cocaine, and crack cocaine. PLEASE seek help, there are many addiction services available. @CTDMHAS
— Hartford Police CT (@HartfordPolice) June 4, 2019
The Hartford Police also tweeted that a search warrant overnight had turned up 1,000 bags of heroin/fentanyl and 70 grams of crack cocaine.
The media has talked extensively about the “opioid crisis” and the “war on drugs”. But there hasn’t been a tremendous amount of focus on officer safety in the battle.
And there’s also been precious little talk about better equipping law enforcement to deal with that exploding war.
Departments across the country, however, are turning to a newer, safer and more accurate tool for testing for dangerous narcotics.
They have been rolling out innovative new smart phone drug testing applications in conjunction with police departments across America and are basically replacing old fashioned NIK/NARK/ODV type kits.
They recognized the need to equip officers with better technology that’s not only already budgeted for – but that’s also safer for them.
A few years back, they rolled out the MobileDetect product. It works with the free MobileDetect app. Unlike legacy test kits, it works on trace residue – meaning no exposure to the LEO. Results are automated, so there’s no color change interpretation needed. And there’s also no chance that the officer’s fingers are going to be punctured by glass.
Their highly popular MDT test kit product detects fentanyl, heroin, opiates, cocaine, meth and MDMA/ecstasy all in one test, it meets NIJ standards for presumptive drug testing, and there’s no expiration date.
It also creates an automated PDF report with the result, color reaction, evidence pictures, notes, GPS coordinates and more that can be sent via email and text. Must be crazy expensive, right? Nope. Apparently DetectaChem’s tests are priced about the same as legacy kits.
It’s time we recognize the dangers that our officers face on the streets each day, and time to provide them with the proper equipment to handle those hazards.