CORAL SPRINGS, Fla. – The Coral Springs Fire Department recently responded to a home in Coral Springs to treat two people who had been allegedly injured by an enraged firefighter, who remained at the Broward County main jail on Monday afternoon.
Coral Springs Police Department officers arrested Sunrise-Fire Rescue Department firefighter Martin Valentino, 56, on Saturday. Officers reported finding his wife with a busted lip and red marks on her face and chest, and her son with a contusion over his right eye.
The male victim told the officers the argument that started it all was about Valentino "talking to other women online," according to the police report.
Valentino told officers the argument started over dinner, and he admitted to grabbing and punching the male victim in the face, after he cursed and "came running at him with a closed fist like he was going to hit him."
Valentino denied having hit his wife, but according to the report he did say "he may have ran into her during the altercation."
Prosecutors charged Valentino with one count of domestic battery by strangulation, a third-degree felony, and one count of domestic violence battery, a first-degree misdemeanor.