EYEWITNESS LOCAL NEWSHuntington Police Seek Suspects In Connection With Beating Of Firefighter
from Eyewitness News Online
Reported by: Dan Matics
Web Producer: Heath Harrison
Reported: Jul. 3, 2013 5:36 PM EDT
Updated: Jul. 3, 2013 10:40 PM EDT
Huntington , Cabell County , West Virginia
Police are looking for two men who they say beat a Huntington firefighter, and for one of the suspects, the alleged incident is all too familiar.
Walking and everyday tasks are still a challenge for firefighter Seth Summers.
"I am very lucky," he said.
Summers is slowly getting back to work.
Doctors said he is lucky, after he was injured when he tried to intervene in a late night fight on June 20 outside Rehab nightclub in Huntington.
"I don't remember much of what happened,” Summers said. “I just woke up in the ICU and I was stabbed three times."
Police are looking for two men, Rhamel Hatcher and Justin Stahl, who are both facing malicious wounding charges.
This isn't Hatcher's first run-in with the law.
He was sentenced to a year in jail for involuntary manslaughter in the beating death of Jeremy Cook in 2010 outside of the former Peckers nightclub.
"When it came up, I thought, ‘No way! No way would he put himself in this situation again," Huntington police detective Chris Speary said.
Summer said he hopes police catch Hatcher.
“He deserves to be put away," he said. “So this doesn't happen to anyone else. He clearly didn't learn his lesson the first time."
Police said the only reason Summers was involved with the fight is that he was trying to save another man who was beaten unconscious.
"I just jumped in and helped,” Summers said. “It's what we are trained to do."
Huntington police are looking for two men who they said beat a Huntington firefighter.
Officers are seeking help from the public help to track down the suspects in the beating, which occurred June 20 outside of Rehab night club on Fourth Avenue.
Warrants have been issued for Rhamel Hatcher and Justin Stahl.
Police said Huntington firefighter Seth Summers was beat and stabbed after he tried to break up a fight outside of the night club.
The two men will only be charged with malicious wounding.
Hatcher was previously sentenced to a year in jail for involuntary manslaugther in the beating death of Jeremy Cook in 2010 outside of the former Peckers night club.
Summers said, with this latest incident, he would think Hatcher would have learned his lesson.
"I do hope they catch him,” Summers said. “He deserves to be put away so he doesn't hurt anyone else. He obviously didn't learn his lesson the first time."
The two men are not being charged with stabbing Summers.
Police said they are continuing their investigation.
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