Man delayed rescue rig

ONEIDA — A Madison County man is accused of stepping in front of a fire truck Sunday night to keep it from responding to an emergency medical call.

Police said John A. Farnham, 29, of Madison Street, stepped into the middle of Oneida Street at 10:44 p.m. and placed his hands on the hood of the fire truck to keep it from moving.

Police Chief David R. Meeker said Farnham was intoxicated and had nothing to do with the medical emergency.

The truck had its lights and siren activated, the chief said.

Firefighters twice told Farnham to move, but he refused. When they tried to remove him, he just went right back to the hood. Then several firefighters grabbed him and held him until police arrived, while the rescue crew continued to the call.