Off-Duty NYC Firefighter Viciously Beaten


firemanOne of New York’s bravest was in the fight of his life yesterday.

The firefighter was severely beaten at a lower Manhattan ferry terminal.

One after another fire trucks pulled up to the entrance at New York Downtown Hospital yesterday, delivering grim-faced visitors. Upstairs a brother firefighter is in intensive care, beaten to within an inch of his life about 1 a.m. Labor Day morning at South Ferry, only a short walk from the firehouse he works in.

CBS 2 HD got word late yesterday that he had survived, at least, an operation to relieve swelling on the brain.

The confrontation began with a perceived insult involving the off-duty firefighter, who was with his friend leaving the ferry terminal. The fight took place on the plaza out in front of the Whitehall Ferry terminal. By the time it was over, 34-year-old Matt Dugan was on the ground bleeding and swollen.

As beatings go, CBS 2 HD has been told, it was about as bad as it gets.

Dugan is assigned to Ladder 15 on South Street. He’s only been with the FDNY three years. The other guys on the rig visited the hospital several times Monday but remain tight-lipped.

For the people who risk their lives daily in dangerous situations it seems incomprehensible that one of their own would be so severely hurt in what appears to be a random street crime.

{WCBS-TV/ Newscenter}