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Stabbed L.A. city firefighter misses 'paramedic of the year' ceremony

May 20, 2010 |  3:29 pm

A city firefighter who was scheduled to pick up an award by a hospital as its "paramedic of the year" was unable to attend the ceremony Thursday because he was still recovering from being stabbed multiple times at a downtown hotel, Los Angeles fire officials said.

Charles Anthony MacDougall, a 9 1/2-year department veteran, was treated Tuesday for several stab wounds after an attack at the Cecil Hotel at Main Street near 6th Street.

The injuries prevented MacDougall from appearing to pick up the award from L.A. County-USC Medical Center. Coincidentally, he was taken to that hospital after the attack.

Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa, who decried the incident at a news conference at the scene Tuesday, visited the injured firefighter at the hospital. MacDougall has since been released.

"He thought he would be able to attend," L.A. City Fire spokesman Steve Ruda said of the father of four. "But unfortunately, he's still not feeling well. He's feeling very sore, obviously."

The Los Angeles Police Department's Robbery-Homicide Division is investigating the stabbing, but police said there had been no arrests and they declined to release further details about the crime, including a suspect description.

MacDougall suffered four puncture wounds to the elbow and upper chest. Officials said he was stabbed after being flagged down while at a coffee shop next to the Cecil Hotel. He went into the hotel, where he was stabbed on one of the upper floors.

-- Andrew Blankstein

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