Off-Duty Firefighter Beaten By 6 Teens After Rushing To Defend Elderly Couple

An off-duty New York City firefighter was attacked after he defended an elderly couple the teens were harassing.

Manhattan, NY – An off-duty New York City firefighter was brutally attacked by a group of six teenagers on Sunday, after he stepped in to defend an elderly couple that the group was harassing, police said.

The New York Police Department (NYPD) released a video clip of the teens on Tuesday in an attempt to identify them.

The incident occurred in front of 217 East 86th Street at approximately 9:25 a.m., the NYPD tweeted.

When the 38-year-old off-duty firefighter spotted the mob harassing the elderly couple, he intervened and told them to stop, WNYW reported.

That’s when the group attacked him, knocked him to the ground, and began punching and striking him repeatedly, police said.

"He decided to step in a say 'leave them alone'," New York Fire Department Chief Daniel Nigro told WNYW. "That's all that he did."

The firefighter was transported to Columbia Hospital after the assault.

“He broke five teeth,” Chief Nigro said. “Can you imagine falling face forward without being able to break your fall? His face…broke the fall.”

He also suffered a concussion, and doctors used 25 stitches to close up a gash on his head, the New York Daily News reported.

“He saw somebody in trouble and he thought he could help them, and now he’s suffering for it,” the firefighter’s mother told the paper on Tuesday.

“He’s missing his teeth, and he’s got stitches all over his face — it’s not something a mother wants to see," the victim’s mother explained. "My husband was a firefighter. You know what to expect, but you don’t think something like this is going to happen, something senseless like this.”

Police said they want to question the three females and three males seen in the video clip, WNYW reported.

They are all described as being between 15 and 17 years old.

"I'm concerned that there are still people around who think this type of behavior is appropriate,” Nigro told the news outlet. “They were youngesters. There are other ways to be out having a good time other than harassing people and seriously injuring one of our brave firefighters.”

The off-duty firefighter’s mother said she is proud that her son stepped in to help others, despite the risk to himself.

“He was off-duty, but he was acting to keep the peace of New York City, which is his job," she told the New York Daily News. "Even though he’s hurt, I’m extremely proud of him. He was trying to help somebody else, and anybody would be proud of a son who did that. But my heart breaks to look at him.”

Comments (96)
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ProGODProUSA
ProGODProUSA

There's a reason FDNY is New York's Bravest. Waiting for the families of these thugs and thugettes to post elementary school photos.

Smaugmik
Smaugmik

There would be blood...

redpill
redpill

They should all be needing drastic dental work and need their jaws wired shut.

Dutchuncle
Dutchuncle

Dang, and all were "Just turning their lives around and hoping to go to college in the fall too"

LEO0301
LEO0301

Of course...now, I'm sure the families, once these little thugettes are arrested, will make claims of....wait for it...RACISM! Then they will explore ways of suing the fireman for daring to get in the way of the heathens they raised.

BlueLM101
BlueLM101

Why do the youths in this country feel like this behaviour is ok? The obvious answer is their upbringing.

It wasn't just one FF attacked. The entire Thin Red Line was attacked. I hope there is swift justice. I also hope for a quick recovery for the FF.

NickyJ
NickyJ

These low life losers will get a pass as usual plus a payday. These kind of people make me sick.

JMC0331
JMC0331

I hope they find them and arrest them all.

Popcop.M1
Popcop.M1

And the gene pool gets better and better. Future seems rather bleak.

bobdole22
bobdole22

WORTHLESS BLACK FUCKS LETS CALL A SPADE A SPADE.

THEDUKE
THEDUKE

Smaugnik "There would be blood..."

There WILL be blood.......if these lowlife black POS are not addressed severely and steps taken to seriously curb their vile and despicable actions. Why are WE so passive , patronizing and placating when we routinely and repeatedly see they are animals.??? Stand up and put them down.

Golobki
Golobki

Great descriptions: "15-17 years old" Let's not state the obvious.

Snakeman 51
Snakeman 51

I hope the parents step up and get these POS juveniles in jail!

Gramercy
Gramercy

"peace"..."New York City"...Do these two REALLY go together? FDNY is GREAT..and obviously, so too are the men and women that comprise it! SO sorry for the physical infliction these scumbags inflicted on the fireman! Hopefully, the "gang of six" will be found and dealt with...but probably, slapped not he wrist!

Mrdan
Mrdan

Looking for the getto lottery they'll say the big bad f.f hit them first n they were just defending themselves

tkshields
tkshields

they are thugs and punks who prayed on an elderly couple there holly malkin I helped fix your comment in your article

TwinWrangler
TwinWrangler

The only way this ever stops is to fight back with zero mercy given.

nenasmiller
nenasmiller

Useless excuses for human beings.

Stanracer
Stanracer

This type of behavior starts in the home. The animals are restless!☹👎

potchy45
potchy45

It is what it is....there r decent blacks who I am good friends with and then there r these ignorant ‘u owe me’ type brought up by ‘whites r racist’ so blame them all for us being full of hate, evil and just get the $$ cuz them whites owe us and do not care about even their own‼️ Do not even play this game of race BS.....someday u all WILL answer to the Lord and HE will know ALL you have said and done🙏🏽

Rascal1966
Rascal1966

Sorry ass little thugs!! Arrest them and their parents!! I'm sick of seeing this shit!! 13% of the population commits over 50% of ALL violent crimes in this country!!!

ChasingYesterday
ChasingYesterday

These barbaric little assholes need to be locked up away from polite society. Gutter rats like this crew have lost the right to breathe free air.

Keagan Thomas
Keagan Thomas

These neggers cant be racist, their black! Only whites are racist!

Ladytiel
Ladytiel

If the parents know what their children are doing, and just avoid dealing with the situation then the parents and their off spring need to be locked up for a very long time.

lauraaz
lauraaz

This is what you get from the democrats when the criminals know you won't have a gun to defend yourself, and even if they get caught, they'll just get a slap on the wrist.

pbm4jc
pbm4jc

hood rats. need to eradicate them.

LetGodSortItOut
LetGodSortItOut

Wheres Bernard Goetz when you need him?

LetGodSortItOut
LetGodSortItOut

One bullet for each thugs forehead.

Vigilent
Vigilent

Carry a gun. If the monkeys mess with you, kill the monkeys.

sanman899
sanman899

And when a thug get's his just deserts the left comes out in mourning???? WTF has gone wrong with the left? WHO supports them?

sanman899
sanman899

I think this would be a wonderful opportunity to pause for a moment and give thanks for the many great contributions of the Black community to our society. Their peaceful and generous nature makes them ideal neighbors, lending testimony to their exceptional family values and parenting skills unrivaled by any other culture. Their commitment to academic excellence enriches our schools and serves as an example to all who hope to achieve prominence as a people. Their adherence to the laws of the land and upright moral codes bring a swift decrease in neighborhood crime rates. Real estate values are fueled by the influx of African Americans into an area due to their caring and respectful nurturing of these communities, an example of all they have achieved through their enthusiasm for self improvement by hard work and self-reliant can-do attitude. Without their industrious and creative drive, we would be poorer as a nation. I am sure the murdering of innocents, murdering of one another, dope selling, rioting, looting, burning and civil unrest is just a fluke.

Morgan Ray
Morgan Ray

When was the last time 6 kids that weren't black or hispanic attacked a public servant while that public servant was defending somebody? Animals.

dcoskrey
dcoskrey

Put all 6 in a cage with a couple of FDNY, let them sort it out.

Janken
Janken

These punks that think they are hot will be in jail for crimes by the time they reach 20. Their parents are probably people who dont give a hoot about what The kids do. This is one thing what's wrong with kids

checksix
checksix

New York City Urban's Finest.

Propolice
Propolice

These animals need to be caged and if they cannot be rehoused then put them away or down!

THEDUKE
THEDUKE

Janken " Their parents are probably people who dont give a hoot about what The kids do. This is one thing what's wrong with kids"

It is likely "parent" not "parents" (plural) as it is now 72% of out of wedlock childbirth in the black community . The parent (likely a mom) is then dealing with her own underemployment or unemployment, resulting financial challenges, potential substance abuse, and little remaining time or even an inclination for parental responsibilities . The poor prior choices of unprotected sex, pregnancy, MIA "fathers" ,and then this is what we see described in this article . A "Parent" is there in name only but is not responsible for themselves let alone their child or even worse if children (plural). As time progresses this child has little to no guidance and almost zero positive role models. School truancy and drop outs spring up .The end result are the myriad dysfunctional problems and behaviors demonstrated repeatedly and consistently by these minority kids who were likely taught little to nothing .

IseeWhereThisIsGoing
IseeWhereThisIsGoing

Looks like the arrested one of the suspects:

Thanks to an anonymous CrimeStoppers tip, Johnson was nabbed at his Manhattan home on Wednesday night, marking his fourth arrest this year, cops said.

and of course, he did it all in self defense: "The teen accused of attacking an off-duty FDNY firefighter who told them to stop harassing an elderly couple on the Upper East Side claimed Thursday that he and his pals are the real victims.

“He assaulted my friend and I had to defend my friend,” insisted Damir Johnson, 17, as he was led into Manhattan Criminal Court for his assault arraignment"

When an off-duty smoke-eater saw what was going on, he stepped in and told Johnson and his friends — two boys and three girls, who a source said are not expected to face charges — to knock it off.

But instead, they turned their attention to the firefighter, with Johnson allegedly knocking him to the ground then punching and stomping him, leaving him with a concussion and several broken teeth, cops said

Thinblueline
Thinblueline

I don’t want to sound like a dick and I am glad the hosedragger stepped up, but it sounds like he needs to work on his knuckle game.

Terminaters168
Terminaters168

Blacks again

Mig Alley
Mig Alley

Hopeless getto trash!!!

PSC 1060
PSC 1060

Please have these animals walk down my street... PLEASE... I'll guarantee they will not be walking away smiling!

LynnSB
LynnSB

What a Bunch of F*cking ANIMALS and in Manhattan (thought that was suppose to be the Good Part - Up Scale) Good Job Governor Dhead-- this is what YOU are Creating with all your Bull Shit -- How long before these ANIMALS KILL someone ? And your Liberal - Ignorant Judges will let them off because they were Juveniles at the time !! DISGUSTING !! Prayers for the FF Damn Good Man to Help (Speedy Recovery) -- can only Imagine what these ANIMALS would have done to the Elderly Couple ~

Yahderhey
Yahderhey

Its just silly. And when the swinging starts from the other direction... well, its just darn silly.

Yahderhey
Yahderhey

Now who’s going to put out the fires these silly brats keep starting?

Justgail
Justgail

Sorry but I have been following black on white crime. This is world wide. I have been trying to find other news, white on black, etc but it’s few and far between. The youngest I have seen was a woman attacked in a play ground by a group of black children age 9. 10 and I believe the oldest one was 13. Something is happening.

Mig Alley
Mig Alley

Once again all I hear is crickets from certain people on this site. Shocking 🙄