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'Code Red' rolls cops to a medical call in Brentwood Darlington

by: DAVID F. ASHTON - A man identified as Jeremy Michael Coffin is taken into custody on a charge of 'Interfering with a Firefighter'It’s not often one hears “Code Red! Code Red! Code Red!” called over emergency radio channels.

But, that was the call a little after 7 pm on Wednesday, January 2nd, signaling that Portland Fire & Rescue (PF&R) crews from Station 25 on S.E. 52nd Avenue needed immediate police assistance.

It started when firefighters were called to an apartment complex in the 5800 block of S.E. Ogden Street, a half-block west of Lane Middle School, on the report of a man suffering a possible overdose, revealed Portland Police Bureau Public Information Officer Sgt. Pete Simpson.

“Paramedics found a barely-conscious man, possibly suffering from alcohol poisoning,” Simpson said. “When firefighters arrived, they began to treat the 19-year-old male – who then bit one of the firefighters on the leg.”

But, as the first medical responders gained control of the thrashing man, and got him strapped to a gurney, the situation deteriorated further.

“Other people were present at the residence, and one of the men who arrived during the event, later identified as 36-year-old Jeremy Michael Coffin, was verbally abusive towards the firefighters trying to assist the patient,” Simpson said. “Firefighters started to walk towards the exit to get police assistance, and Coffin shut and locked the door, and wouldn't let anyone leave the residence. After a few moments, Coffin unlocked the door and firefighters left, to wait for police to arrive.” Police rolled up shortly thereafter, and placed Coffin into custody. “The patient was taken to a Portland hospital for treatment for alcohol poisoning, and a possible drug overdose,” Simpson added. “As for Coffin, he was booked into the Multnomah County Jail for Interfering with a Firefighter.”