Teen Arrested in Smashed Window Injury to Firefighter

Wednesday, Apr 2, 2014  |  Updated 7:27 AM EDT
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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.

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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.

Police say they've arrested a New Jersey teenager for allegedly throwing a glass bottle at a fire truck on its way to a call, smashing a window and injuring a firefighter inside. 

Garfield detectives, with the assistance of school resource officers, arrested a 16-year-old boy in the March 28 incident, police say. 

The boy, who's not being named because of his age, was charged with aggravated assault violations. 

The injured volunteer firefighter, Vicky Kovacs, 22, says she was sitting in the back of Engine 2 headed to a job last Friday night 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 and was treated for injury to her eyes. 

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

The boy arrested Tuesday was released to the custody of his guardian, and is expected to appear before a family court judge at Bergen County Courthouse, police say. 

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