Quick Thinking FF Helps Save Stabbing Victim
Danny Gomes, an instructor at the Boston Fire Academy, said he was happy to be in the right place and the right time when he came to the aid of a stabbing victim in East Boston.
Boston Globe via YellowBrix
May 29, 2010
BOSTON – Though he was weary and exhausted with newborn triplets at home, Boston Fire Academy instructor Danny Gomes was able to snap into action when he witnessed a man being stabbed in front of him on an East Boston street by treating the victim and pointing the suspect out to police.
As Gomes, 40, walked out of Muzzy Day Square Florist on Chelsea Street about 3 p.m. on May 8, holding bunches of Mother’s Day flowers for his wife and mother in his right hand and the family dog in his left, he saw a man approach a couple walking down the road. Suddenly there was a scream, and the second man was on the ground, clutching his abdomen and bleeding with a knife wound as the assailant fled.
“The woman started screaming bloody murder, and the other guy’s just walking away like nothing happened,’’ Gomes said.
Gomes approached the victim, identified himself as a firefighter, and began to put pressure on the inch-and-a-half gash in his stomach.
He pulled a Fire Department call box for help.
He also tied his dog’s leash to the fire box pole and put the flowers down for later.
“I was trying to talk to him, asking him basic questions, and making sure he didn’t go into shock,’’ Gomes said.
A few minutes later, a fire engine pulled up with help, including Lieutenant Keith Rowe.
“We get on scene, and there’s Danny Gomes working on the guy,’’ Rowe said.
Rowe called over the radio that there was a stabbing, and police and Boston EMS were dispatched.
Gomes later helped put the victim on a board and stretcher. The victim, a 30-year-old Everett man whose name was not released, was taken to Massachusetts General Hospital and was reported in stable condition.
Joe “Muzzy’’ Mazzarino, owner of the florist shop, saw the episode unfold. He said Gomes seemed to be using all of his arms and legs, holding down his dog, helping the victim, and pointing out the suspect, all at the same time.
“All of a sudden, I see [Gomes] outside on the sidewalk,’’ Mazzarino said. “He’s holding the puppy’s leash down with one leg and putting a compress on the guy. He was on the ball. He saw it happen, jumped in, helped the guy, and even helped police.’’
Gomes took note of the alleged assailant’s appearance, including a sweatshirt and a tan umbrella he was carrying. Police said they combed the area and found a man matching the description at the Wood Island MBTA station a few minutes later. He had an orange knife sticking out of his pants pocket.
Police said he got rid of the sweatshirt, but was still carrying the distinctive tan umbrella. Police detained him, and Gomes and other witnesses positively identified him.