Caught on Camera

Lauderhill Firefighters Stop Man From Stealing Ambulance

Officials said the man turned on the emergency lights and placed the ambulance in reverse before firefighters were able to stop him

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A man was taken into custody after Lauderhill firefighters prevented him from carjacking a fire rescue truck, the department said.

The incident happened Tuesday night at the Lauderhill Fire Station and was captured on surveillance cameras.

Firefighters from Rescue 30 were returning from a previous emergency call when they saw a man run towards the fire station and scale the gate to the parking lot, Lauderhill Fire Rescue said in a news release Thursday.

As the firefighters confronted the man, he got aggressive and attempted to enter the driver's side of a rescue truck, and he ultimately gained access through the window.

The man turned on the emergency lights and placed the truck on reverse, fire officials said. The firefighters managed to safely stop the vehicle before it was driven to a roadway.

Investigators identified the man as 31-year-old Freddie Joseph Ross, who was taken into custody and has been in the hospital since Tuesday night.

It's unknown what charges Ross may face.

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