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Police: Gilmanton man injures self, firefighters, breaking 2 Gilford Fire Department windows

GILFORD - A distraught, apparently intoxicated Gilmanton man injured himself and two firefighters late Sunday night when he punched through two fire overhead department garage windows, police said.

Benjamen Page, 19, was charged with resisting arrest, disorderly conduct, and criminal mischief after the incident, which occurred at 9:39 p.m.

Gilford on-duty fire-rescue personnel were preparing to respond to a call when they heard the sound of breaking glass in one of the overhead door windows of the fire station.

'(Page) was pounding on the overhead door windows, breaking two of them, spraying glass throughout the apparatus bay,' Fire Chief Stephen Carrier said in a news release.

Pieces of broken glass struck one of the firefighters, causing a number of small lacerations to his neck and the back of his head, Carrier said. None of the lacerations required further treatment and the firefighter remained on duty.

Page briefly entered the station and then retreated to his vehicle, which was across the street on Cherry Valley Road. Firefighters followed him to his car, and found he had a female passenger, whom he was arguing with, according to police.

Friefighters noted lacerations on his body from breaking the door glass. He had several lacerations to his hands and arms from punching the windows, including a deep laceration to the back of his left arm, police said.

When police arrived, they found Page and three firefighters, struggling on the pavement, next to his building. While being taken into custody, Page continued to struggle and had to be pepper sprayed, police said.

A second firefighter was injured trying to get Page under control.

The firefighter suffered a 'tear' and drove himself to the hospital for evaluation after being relieved of duty, said Carrier, who did not release the names of the firefighters.

Police said Page appeared to be intoxicated.

He was taken to Lakes Region General Hospital by Gilford Fire Rescue. He was released on $25,000 personal recognizance bail, and after treatment he was brought to the Belknap County Jail for protective custody, police said.

'This is a highly unusual and unexpected incident,' Carrier said.

'It upsets me that two of our guys were injured, but thankfully, they will be okay.'

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