Hearing a woman's cries for help, Milwaukee Mayor Tom Barrett called 911 on his cell phone and was hit by a man with a metal pipe. The Mayor was seriously hurt while attempting to help a woman at the Wisconsin State Fair.
Public servant Tom Barrett did what too many citizens fail to do and offers a fine example of civic responsibilty. Well done, Mayor Barrett.
From Associated Press
MILWAUKEE, Wis. – Milwaukee Mayor Tom Barrett was in the hospital on Sunday after he was attacked by a person using a metal pipe as the mayor and his family left the Wisconsin State Fair.
Barrett was in stable condition Sunday at a local hospital and was alert and talking when he arrived there on Saturday night, the Milwaukee Police Department said in a statement. It did not provide more details, and a spokeswoman for the police department did not have any further information.
Police said Barrett was leaving the state fair on Saturday night when he heard a woman crying out for help in the city of West Allis, about six miles west of Milwaukee.
Police said Barrett began calling 911 when the suspect who was attacking the woman charged at the mayor and began hitting him with a metal pipe. The suspect then fled the scene, authorities said.
The woman was not injured, and police were still searching for the suspect, who has a criminal arrest record, authorities said.
No other details were immediately available Sunday.