HAMPSTEAD - A 28-year-old resident who was beaten during a Hampstead Volunteer Fire Co. dance last November has sued the fire company and five people for $5 million.
The suit, filed last month in County Circuit Court by David B. Rambol II of the 2300 block of Susanann Drive, claims the fire company was responsible when five people attacked him during a crowded dance at the Main Street fire hall on Nov. 11.
Rambol, the suit says, "was assaulted, battered and brutally attacked without provocation."
The dance featured a performance by the local rock band Lucifer and was one of several routinely sponsored by the fire company during the year.
Rambol, who attended the dance with a "truckload" of friends, said in the suit that the fire company was at fault for allowing the fight and not stopping it soon enough.
The suit said that Rambol was knocked to the ground, punched, beaten and kicked in the head.
"As a result of said brutal assault and battery, (Rambol) sustained serious, painful and permanent injuries to his head, body and limbs as well as severe shock to his nervous system," which required expensive and ongoing medical attention, the suit said.
After the fight, Rambol was taken to Carroll County General Hospital, where he was treated and released. On Nov. 13, Rambol was treated for a broken nose at Hanover (Pa.) General Hospital.
Two of the five people named in the lawsuit were found guilty of battery in Carroll County District Court earlier this year. John Rill of Hampstead has filed an appeal after being convicted in August. Wendy Feeser was sentenced in September to serve 18 months of unsupervised probation. Found not guilty in April were Hampstead residents Steve Hardesty, Mary Harris and Richard Cape.
Rambol's Baltimore attorney, Ronald J. Klemkowski, said the fight began when Rambol was trying to comfort a female friend. Klemkowski said Rambol was told by one of the five to mind his own business and then was attacked.
He said Rambol did not know any of the people named in the suit.
Several attempts to reach Rambol were unsuccessful.
The suit is asking for $200,000 in compensatory damages and $500,000 in punitive damages from the fire company. From each of four of the other people named in the suit, Rambol seeks $200,000 in compensatory and $500,000 in punitive damages. 0rom Rill, Rambol seeks $500,000 in compensatory and $1 million in punitive damages.
A $700,000 judgment against the fire company could be devastating.
According to records kept by the county, the 34-member unit has a yearly budget of just over $180,000.
The fire company's Main Street lawyer, Elwood E. Swam, refused to comment on the lawsuit. He also told members of the fire company not to comment on the case.
No court date had been set as of late last week.