Man charged with biting paramedic, injuring firefighter

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A man has been charged with aggravated battery after he bit a paramedic and injured a firefighter early Thursday in the Loop, police said.

Paramedics and Chicago Fire Department personnel responded to a call of a person down about 1:25 a.m. in the 200 block of West Jackson, police said.

When they attempted to put the man — identified at 25-year-old Brandon Pinder — onto the stretcher, he struggled and bit the female paramedic in the calf, police said.

Pinder also jumped on the back of a Chicago Fire Department lieutenant, causing injury to the man’s shoulder, police said.

Both the paramedic and the firefighter were taken with minor injuries to Northwestern Memorial Hospital, police said.

Pinder, of the 1400 block of South Canal, faces two felony counts of aggravated battery, police said.

A police source said Pinder’s home address is listed as the Pacific Garden Mission homeless shelter.

On Friday, he was ordered held on a $25,000 bond, court records show. He is next scheduled to appear in court Thursday.

Court records show Pinder has multiple arrests and convictions dating back to 2009, including battery, criminal damage to property, panhandling and resisting a peace officer.

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