A Revere Fire Captain claims he was protecting his family when he allegedly pummeled Revere Fire Department Facebook

A Revere Fire captain accused of drunkenly beating three Chelsea kids with a golf club on Halloween night was released on his own recognizance during an arraignment Monday on assault and battery charges.

Carl Holmberg, 44, allegedly struck an 11-year-old boy in the back of the head and assaulted two of the boy's 14-year-old friends.

The boys told officers that Holmberg yelled at them for cutting through yards. They ran away, they said, but were again confronted by Holmberg, who was wielding a golf club.

Holmberg claimed self defense, and said he was trick-or-treating with his wife and two children when he confronted the boys for creating a disturbance. He allegedly claimed he didn’t strike anyone with the golf club, but pushed and struggled with one youth who approached him in a hostile manner.

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