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Stabbed Paramedic Named 'Paramedic of the Year'

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A paramedic stabbed by a patient earlier today happened to be sent to the very hospital where he's expected to be honored as "Paramedic of the Year," KCAL-TV is reporting. Charles Anthony MacDougal, a nine-year veteran with the Los Angeles Fire Department, was walking by the Cecil Hotel in downtown this morning when someone asked him for medical help, reported blogdowntown. As MacDougal helped him, that person stabbed him several times before fleeing inside the hotel.

As MacDougal was sent County-USC in stable condition, police created a perimeter on the 600 block of Main Street and began searching the hotel floor by floor. As of 5 p.m., the perimeter was broken down and no suspect had been arrested, according to a LAPD spokesperson.