DeGeorge said he doesn't know the names of the firefighters involved --or the paramedic, who apparently took part.
Fire records show firefighters responding to calls for medical assistance from the subsidized housing apartments an average of twice a month in 2006. DeGeorge said a number of his neighbors have medical or mental health problems.
When DeGeorge is working, he pays about $400 a month for his single-room, 150-square foot apartment. Because he is unemployed now, he's not paying anything. He has a misdemeanor police record including convictions for speeding, driving under the influence, criminal mischief, harassment and fourth-degree assault. A relative has a restraining order against him.
"Maybe they were thinking, 'You're a lowlife living in this low-income building,' " said DeGeorge. "Nah, I shouldn't say that. I don't know what they were thinking."