Glass Bottle Thrown at Fire Truck Smashes Window in Firefighter's Face

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    A firefighter is recovering after she says someone hurled a glass bottle at the fire truck she was in, smashing a window and sending glass into her face. Gus Rosendale reports. (Published Tuesday, Apr 1, 2014)

    A firefighter is recovering after she says someone hurled a glass bottle at the fire truck taking her to a call, smashing a window and sending glass into her face. 

    Vicky Kovacs, a 22-year-old volunteer firefighter in Garfield, N.J., was headed to a job Friday at about 10 p.m., she said. 

    She was sitting in the back of Engine 2 when someone hurled a glass soda bottle at the truck, smashing a back window and sending glass flying into her face and eyes. 

    Kovacs was taken to Hackensack University Medical Center, where doctors told her she had two corneal abrasions. She now has blurry vision and has to wear sunglasses as she recovers.

    A group of teenagers, between 14 and 17 years old, in hooded sweatshirts was seen fleeing the scene. 

    Kovacs, whose father and brothers are also members of the fire department, is expected to make a full recovery. She's eager to get back to her job, but is still upset that someone would target a fire truck.

    "I'm a little in shock that somebody would go out of their way to hurt a group of people that are risking their lives to help you for no money at all," she said. 

    Police are searching for the suspects and ask anyone with information to contact them at (973) 478-8500.  

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