Yeah Flap is late to this story but I had a busy day at the dental clinic today and will not post while I am on the clock.
Funny, last night when Bill Rice, my former long-time patient, was losing his finger I was a few blocks away watching the Dodger game in High Def.
An opponent of government healthcare programs had part of a finger bit off during a fight at a pro-healthcare-reform rally this week in Thousand Oaks.
William Rice, 65, of Newbury Park was with a small group of counter-protesters at a vigil Wednesday night organized by Moveon.org when a man bit off part of his left pinky finger during a scuffle, authorities said. Doctors were unable to reattach Riceâ€™s finger.
Sheriffâ€™s detectives Thursday were still looking for the man who bit Rice. Investigators also were sifting through conflicting accounts of the incident, but Rice acknowledged that he threw the first punch.
â€œWhen he got in my personal space, I popped him in the nose,â€ Rice said in a phone interview Thursday. â€œI felt like I had no choice other than to defend myself.â€
The incident was reported at 7:26 p.m. Wednesday at Lynn Road and Hillcrest Drive, where more than 100 people gathered for the pro-healthcare-reform vigil.
Bill is a former Ventura County firefighter and his family is very well known and respected in the Newbury Park and Thousand Oaks area.
Flap recalls fondly when there was a fire in my dental practice shopping center, it was Bill Rice who came to my office and made sure there were many fans to prevent smoke damage. He gave service above and beyond – as has his son who is now serving in the Marines.
Here is a more extended interview:
Bill thanks for supporting our freedoms – in so many ways.
As for the miscreant that bit off Bill’s finger, if you live locally dude, you better watch over your shoulder.
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