A city of Detroit emergency medical service worker is being hailed a hero after she intervened in an attack on her partner early this morning that left both of them with slash marks and stab wounds on their face and hands.
Attacked by an "agitated" man armed with a sharp object in the Cass Corridor area of Midtown, the female and male EMTs were within "inches of dying" after driving themselves to Detroit Receiving Hospital, said interim Executive Fire Commissioner Eric Jones.
In a press conference outside of the hospital late Monday morning, Mayor Mike Duggan identified the EMTs as Kelly Adams and Alfredo Rojas. Duggan said they're in "good spirits."
"They're being extremely well cared for by the doctors and nurses at Receiving Hospital," Duggan said. "I just let them know that every single person in this community is thinking about them. Our wishes, our prayers are with them. And they're doing as well as you could expect. I think that at this point, the injuries are bad, but I think they both know it could have been worse. From all of the accounts I'm hearing, Kelly Adams probably saved the life of Alfredo Rojas with her intervention. These folks are out saving our lives and ... All of a sudden someone is coming at you. It's heart wrenching, it's heartbreaking. These are good people and they didn't deserve this. But all we can do now is have the community pull behind them."