Firefighter, 24, beaten in Lincoln Park

Police: Attack not related to others
August 19, 2009 1:25:57 PM PDT
Two people are under arrest for beating an off-duty Chicago firefighter in the Lincoln Park neighborhood Wednesday morning.The attack took place in the 2000-block of North Burling around 4 a.m. near popular Oz Park.

Police say the firefighter, a 24-year-old man, was severely beaten and hit in the head. He's hospitalized in serious condition with a shattered trachea, a broken nose, as well as internal bleeding. He was undergoing surgery at Illinois Masonic Hospital Wednesday morning.

Police do not believe this attack is related to others in Lincoln Park and Lakeview. They also said the attack was not random.

Sources told ABC7 there was a fight between two people at a bar on Halsted that carried on into the street after closing time. It's unclear whether the firefighter was involved in the initial fight or somehow got dragged into it.

Police officers who happened to be passing by on patrol arrested two people.

This attack comes at a time when Lincoln Park residents are already on edge over previous, violent robberies in their neighborhood.

"It's so far from people's expectations here, and I think it has changed what people are doing. I think it's changed what I'm doing and how I look around," said Craig Varga, Lincoln Park resident.


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