** Illinois man arrested, charged for allegedly spitting on paramedic
** Illinois paramedic/firefighter dies suddenly at home
UNITED STATES NEWS
** An Illinois man from DeKalb County has been charged with aggravated assault and aggravated battery x 3 after he allegedly spit on paramedics attempting to treat him. That is the word from WSPY (Scott Zak/July 20) which said Hassan Gonzalez, 23, was arrested around 1:20 a.m. Sunday after EMS was hailed for an intoxicated person. According to the news site, Gonzalez let loose with his saliva while en route to hospital. He also attempted to spit on and kick a police officer. Following his arrest, he was taken to DeKalb County Jail. There is no word on his next court date.
** Illinois medics in Carpentersville are mourning the loss of one of their own after paramedic/firefighter Todd Middendorf died suddenly while at home Tuesday. The Chicago Tribune (Mike Dahaney/Grace Wong/July 20) said Middendorf, 46, who was also a fire battalion chief, had worked for the area fire department for 23 years. He leaves a wife and young son behind. The exact circumstances of his death have not yet been released. Friends said Middendorf was a commanding figure who was always even tempered. Officials with the Carpentersville Fire Department said a memorial service is now pending.