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Doctor dies after ambulance accident

Posted on 13 July 2013 by wyoskibum

MADISON (WKOW) – The neonatal physician injured in an ambulance crash Wednesday afternoon has passed away.

Dr. Stanley Phillips is a first year pediatric fellow who just started his fellowship at UW Hospital on July 1. UW Health says Phillips was working as a neonatal physician on a medical transport team run by Meriter Hospital when the ambulance he was traveling in flipped over on Highway 26 near Rosendale. Phillips and the team was en-route to pick up a NICU patient in Appleton and transport the patient back to Madison.

“While Stan was only here a short time, he already made a big impression on all of us,” says Dr. John Frohna, neonatal fellowship director and vice chair for education at the Department of Pediatrics at UW Hospital and Clinics. “His passion for learning and his enthusiasm for the care of newborns was amazing. I know he would have made a significant impact on our training program and on the care of his patients. Our thoughts and prayers are with his family and friends.”

UW Health says Stanley Phillips’ dedication to saving lives will continue through his gift as an organ donor.



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Paramedic fatally struck on 10 Fwy ramp in Riverside County

Posted on 06 July 2013 by wyoskibum

RIVERSIDE, Calif. (KABC) – A Cal Fire engineer/paramedic was struck by a car in traffic and later died from his injury Friday, the California Department of Forestry and Fire Protection announced.


The engineer was working along the eastbound Interstate 10 Freeway in the Thousand Palms area of Riverside County. He stepped out of the fire engine and was struck by a passing vehicle.

The engineer was hospitalized at Desert Regional Hospital. He was pronounced dead from his injuries. He was identified as Christopher Douglas, 41, of Temecula, an eight-year CAL FIRE veteran.

The fire engine reportedly pulled over on an on-ramp while responding to a report of a vehicle roll-over. The engineer was struck on the on-ramp.

The engineer was struck by a white pickup truck driven by a 60-year-old man, a disabled Army veteran. He immediately pulled over. He told investigators he didn’t see the engineer as he was merging with traffic. The driver submitted to a blood test, but was not suspected of driving under the influence.

Governor Jerry Brown released a statement Friday: “Anne and I were saddened to learn of the death of Engineer Christopher Douglas. Our thoughts are with his family, friends and fellow state firefighters.”

In honor of Douglas, Capitol flags will be flown at half-staff.

The California High Patrol Multidisciplinary Accident Investigation Team (MAIT) will be handling the investigation into the accident.



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2 Georgia medics, patient killed in ambulance crash with semi

Posted on 10 June 2013 by wyoskibum

ATLANTA, GA – Two paramedics and their patient were killed early Thursday when an ambulance collided with a jackknifing tractor-trailer on a south Georgia highway, authorities said.

The crash happened about 5 a.m. on Ga. 32 in Irwin County.

Georgia State Patrol spokeswoman Franka Young said the tractor-trailer and a passenger car were headed westbound on the two-lane road when the eastbound ambulance from Coffee County approached with lights and siren activated.

“The passenger car began pulling off the roadway to yield to the approaching ambulance,” Young said. “The tractor-trailer jackknifed across the center line and into the path of the ambulance.”

There were two paramedics and a patient in the ambulance, and all were killed, according to Young.

She identified the driver of the ambulance as Teresa Ann Davis, 44, of Axson, and the second paramedic as Randall Whiddon, 56, of Ashburn.

The patient was identified as Charles Arvin Smith, 65, of Tifton.

The truck driver was Rockwell Lott of Tifton, Young said.

She said that the GSP’s Specialized Crash Reconstruction Team is investigating, and charges will depend on the outcome of the investigation.

Irwin County is between Macon and Valdosta, about 190 miles south of Atlanta.



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Ontario air ambulance crash kills pilots and paramedics

Posted on 04 June 2013 by wyoskibum

ONTARIO, CANADA – The helicopter went down at 00:11 EST (04:11 GMT) on Friday as it took off from Moosonee, an isolated community on Canada’s James Bay.

Ornge, the province’s air ambulance provider, said there was no indication of the cause of the accident.

But the firm has grounded two other Sikorsky S76 helicopters in case mechanical issues were to blame.

The four people killed in the crash were identified as Capt Don Filliter, First Officer Jacques Dupuy, and paramedics Dustin Dagenais and Chris Snowball.

The Transportation Safety Board of Canada has sent investigators to the scene.

“Everybody at Ornge is deeply saddened by this tragic incident, and our hearts go out to the families and friends of those who lost their lives,” the company’s chief executive Andrew McCallum said in a statement pledging co-operation with investigators.

The company’s operating officer Rob Giguere said all crew members aboard were “very well experienced”.

Ontario Premier Kathleen Wynne said she was “devastated” to learn of the deaths.

“They lost their lives ensuring the people of this province receive the help they need,” she said. “Their service and sacrifice will be honoured and remembered.”

And Prime Minister Stephen Harper tweeted his sympathies on Friday: “Condolences to the families of the 4 victims of the Northern Ontario air ambulance crash last night. You are in my thoughts and prayers”.



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Former Tri-State EMT dies in Indy ambulance crash

Posted on 15 March 2013 by wyoskibum

INDIANAPOLIS, IN —Flags are flying at half-staff in Indiana after a paramedic, who started his career in the Tri-State, died on Sunday in Indianapolis following an accident while on the job.Indianapolis Emergency Medical Services Chief Dr. Charles Miramonti said that 22-year-old paramedic Cody Medley died early Sunday morning at Wishard Hospital from severe injuries.

Authorities said the deadly crash happened shortly after 3:30 a.m. Saturday at an intersection near the Indiana Statehouse in Indianapolis. Police said the ambulance was not on an emergency run and had the right of way, when it was struck by a car.

The driver of the ambulance, 24-year-old Tim McCormick, died Saturday.

“It is with a heavy heart I announce that another of our IEMS brothers has passed. Cody was a skilled paramedic, a loyal colleague and a wonderful friend,” said Miramonti. “While the past 28 hours have been filled with extraordinary grief, loss and sadness, we’ve come together to remember two extraordinary young men.”

Sunman Rural Fire Department Chief Bill Craig said Medley started his career in 2007 as a fire cadet at the fire department, which is located in Dearborn County. Medley then obtained his EMT license and left for Indianapolis to continue his career with the IEMS team.

Medley was described as a fun, outgoing man who enjoyed his job greatly.

“He was a good student and very good firefighter and paramedic,” Craig said.

The Associated Press reported Saturday that McCormick’s death was the first known line-of-duty death of an emergency services worker in Indianapolis history. Medley’s death would be the city’s second.

NBC affiliate WTHR reported that the driver of the car, 21-year-old Jade Hammer, was in good condition at the hospital. An officer at the scene said he detected the smell of alcohol on her breath, but her toxicology reports are pending.


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Jan-Care Ambulance employee dies after crash with semi

Posted on 18 January 2013 by wyoskibum

WESTON, WV – A Jan-Care Ambulance EMT from Wyoming County died Tuesday morning after sustaining injuries in a crash with a tractor-trailer on I-79 just before 5 a.m., according to the Lewis County Sheriff’s Department.

Mark Anthony Kinder, 26, was transported to Stonewall Jackson Memorial Hospital in Weston where he was pronounced dead.

The accident occurred at the 97.5 mile marker while the ambulance was returning to its Wyoming County station from an EMS transport. There was no patient on board.

The paramedic on-board the ambulance was treated at the hospital and released. The driver and passenger of the tractor-trailer received no injuries.

Lewis County law enforcement did not supply any other details about the crash.

Paul Seamann, Jan-Care director of Operations, said that Jan-Care management and staff ask that everyone keep Kinder’s family in your thoughts and prayers.

Seamann said funeral services will be handled by Blue Ridge Funeral Home.


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Ambulance driver killed in crash spent final moments protecting survivor of Stillwater fire

Posted on 15 January 2013 by wyoskibum

STILLWATER, NJ – The veteran emergency medical technician who was driving a critically-burned man from a fire scene this morning felt a heart attack coming on – and in his last moments did his best to save the people inside the ambulance, colleagues say.

William Martin, of Stillwater, was driving a man seriously burned in a house fire to a landing zone for a Medevac airlift to a hospital. But on a nearby road, he began to feel ill – and tried to stop the ambulance before he succumbed, says Michele Hess, the captain of the Stillwater Emergency Rescue Squad.

“Even in his last minutes, he was trying to save everybody else,” Hess said. “He died doing what he loved.”

The ambulance left the road and crashed into a utility pole on Stillwater-Fredon Road. But the three occupants of the vehicle were not injured in the crash which left the ambulance resting at a 45-degree angle up a slope, Hess said. An out-of-town paramedic and EMT were in the ambulance with the patient, she added.

The early-morning fire killed Dorothy Baer, 70, and critically injured John Baer, 68, in their Potters Road home, according to Lt. Stephen Jones of the New Jersey State Police.

John Baer was taken out of the crashed ambulance and transported to Saint Barnabas Medical Center, where he remained listed in critical condition early this afternoon, said Sally Malech, a hospital spokeswoman.

The State Police and the Sussex County Prosecutor’s Office are still investigating the fire as suspicious, said Greg Mueller, the county’s first assistant prosecutor.

John Baer is the former propane-truck driver who triggered an enormous propane fire at the Able Energy Inc. facility in Newton in 2003, which caused an evacuation of 1,000 people lasting several days – but which resulted in no serious injuries.

Martin was the president of the Stillwater Emergency Rescue Squad and a longtime volunteer, Hess said, adding that the group was still in shock at his sudden passing.

“He was an awesome guy – and he loved what he did,” she said.

Stillwater Township released a statement on the passing of Martin, as well.

“His long standing dedication and commitment will forever remain an inspiration for all who follow in his footsteps,” officials wrote.



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Three killed in air ambulance crash

Posted on 07 January 2013 by wyoskibum

VENTURA, Iowa — Authorities held a news conference Thursday morning to release more information about a medical helicopter crash Wednesday night.

Mercy North Iowa President/CEO Dan Varnum said employees are grieving the loss.  Flowers have been placed on the fence that surrounds the helipad at Mercy Medical Center.

“I know our colleagues and their colleagues are grieving their loss.  The loss of their loved ones and our entire organization sends prayers to everyone who knew them, worked with them and knew what a great compassionate people they were,” said Varnum.

Varnum said the cause of the crash is unknown at this time.  He said it’s also unknown when a new air ambulance would be brought to the hospital, which primarily serves a 14-county area across northern Iowa.

Med-Trans President and CEO Fred Buttrell, the company that manages the air ambulance, said the helicopter was new as of April 2011 and was up to date on scheduled maintenance.

Pilot Gene Grell has more than 20,000 hours of flight experience.

“He was very well regarded by the crew members and he also was a very diligent check list orientated type of individual,” said Buttrell.

Buttrell said there was no SOS or emergency calls from the helicopter before the crash.

Buttrell said FAA investigators were at the crash scene about 9 a.m. Thursday.

The Crash:

Witnesses told deputies that the helicopter burst into flames when it went down around 9 p.m. in a farm field just north of Ventura, which is located on the northwest side of Clear Lake in Cerro Gordo County.


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Mingo County, WV paramedic killed in ambulance crash

Posted on 30 November 2012 by wyoskibum

MINGO COUNTY, Wv. (WYMT/WSAZ) – Family and friends are mourning the loss of a paramedic, killed in a weekend crash

Chris Staggs, 35, of Lenore, was a STAT emergency medical services employee stationed in Williamson in Mingo County. Officials say Staggs had a seizure and crashed his ambulance.

Staggs hit a wall along 4th Avenue, then went up on a sidewalk, collided with the steps of a church and then crashed into an awning of a business and finally ended up smashing into home on 5th Avenue.

Staggs was taken to the hospital but later died from his injuries.



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Young volunteer killed in ambulance rollover

Posted on 05 June 2012 by wyoskibum

BRADY TOWNSHIP, Pa. — Emergency officials in Huntingdon County confirmed with 6News that a volunteer member was killed when a Mount Union Fire Company ambulance crashed Saturday morning.

MUFC members said the ambulance had transported a patient to J. C. Blair Memorial Hospital in Huntingdon and was returning to Mount Union when it lost control on Route 22 eastbound in Brady Township, hit an embankment and flipped over onto the passenger side shortly after 6:30 a.m.

A stretch of Route 22 between Mapleton and Mount Union was closed for six hours while crews cleared the scene and a state police crash reconstruction crew investigated.

State police said 22-year-old Ethan Amsbaugh was not wearing his seatbelt, was ejected from the ambulance during the crash and was pronounced dead at the hospital.

Authorities said the driver, 55-year-old Deborah Mease was treated for minor injuries and was released from the hospital Saturday morning.

Troopers at the Huntingdon barracks said an investigation is ongoing to determine what caused the crash.

Mapleton firefighter Steve Snare told 6News that he was one of the first responders on the scene of the crash and offered his condolences to the neighboring volunteer department.

“We’re a family. When it comes to fire and EMS, you put all differences aside and we come together as one,” said Snare. “It really hits home. We do have to send our condolences to the Mount Union Fire Department and Mount Union Ambulance.

They are our neighboring department, we call them mutual aid and our condolences are with them. You never like to see one of our own brothers end his life in a tragic manner like this.”



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Helicopter crash kills rescuer

Posted on 21 February 2012 by wyoskibum

JACKSON, WYOMING – Update, 10:43 p.m. 02/15/2012 - Teton County Coronor Kiley Campbell identified the rescuer killed Wednesday in a helicopter crash as Ray Shriver, a member of Teton County Search and Rescue for many years.

Presstime post: A Teton County Search and Rescue member was killed Wednesday in a helicopter crash on Togwotee Pass, Coroner Kiley Campbell said.

Campbell would not identify the deceased until family was notified.

The victim was one of three in a county rescue helicopter that was flying to the scene of a reported snowmobile fatality south of Togwotee Mountain Lodge on Wednesday afternoon. Observers saw the aircraft go over a ridge “when it appeared to experience difficulty,” county spokeswoman Charlotte Reynolds said in a statement.

A ground crew on snowmobiles assembled to respond. High Mountain Heli Skiing sent its airship to the emergency with Grand Teton National Park medics, company owner Jon Shick said.

Search and rescue pilot Ken Johnson was one of the survivors who was lifted from the crash scene to a highway staging area by one of three helicopters. He walked from the rescue helicopter limping heavily at about 5:30 p.m.

Another person aided him before more pitched in. He left in a Fremont County ambulance for Jackson.

Grim-faced emergency personnel carried the second victim from a different helicopter to a Grand Teton National Park ambulance at about 6 p.m.

The third person, who was injured, rode out on the back of a snowmobile driven by a rescuer.

Rescuers hoisted him onto a backboard. He was talking and smiling a little and was able to sit up on his own.

The evacuation wrapped up at approximately 6:30 p.m. St. John’s Medical Center was treating the two surviving victims in the emergency room Wednesday night, hospital spokeswoman Karen Connelly said.

Reynolds’ statement said the helicopter made a crash-landing and was out of communication for 45 minutes. Details of the original snowmobile accident were unavailable at press time.

The tail rotor of the crashed helicopter might have failed, Teton County Sheriff Jim Whalen said.

The snowmobile rescue call-out came at approximately 2 p.m, officials said. A Civil Air Patrol craft spotted the downed helicopter at 3:15 p.m.

The site was 6.7 miles south of Togwotee Mountain Lodge. The staging area was a quarter-mile west of the lodge on Highway 26/287, 40 miles northeast of Jackson. The site is located in the Bridger-Teton National Forest.

In addition to the High Mountain Heli Skiing airship, one from Portneuf Medical Center in Pocatello, Idaho, was at the highway staging area.


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Paramedic collapses, dies at restaurant

Posted on 01 February 2012 by wyoskibum

CHALESTON, WV – Emergency workers in Boone County were shocked by the sudden death of a 26-year-old paramedic.

Sarah Nodurft collapsed Wednesday afternoon at a fast food restaurant at Southridge Centre.

She and her partner had been returning to Boone County after dropping off a patient at a Charleston area hospital when they stopped for food, said Mike Cunningham, a paramedic supervisor.

Nodurft and the other paramedic were walking into the restaurant for a to-go meal when she collapsed.

“He said she just looked really bad and that that was it,” Cunningham said.

Nodurft was pronounced dead at the scene. Her body was taken to the office of the state Medical Examiner for an autopsy.

Cunningham said no information on the cause of death had been released as of Thursday.

Nodurft, a Boone County resident, had worked for the county ambulance authority for five years. She received her full paramedic certification last summer, Cunningham said.

When she wasn’t rushing to help others, she enjoyed spending time with her pets and riding her motorcycle, he said. She also liked to travel and went on a trip last year with a group of her fellow paramedics.

“She was one of those people who genuinely enjoyed helping others — that’s why it was kind of shocking when she went down,” Cunningham said. “It stunned us. We’re not supposed to be on that side of the ambulance.

“It could happen to anybody at any time.”

Cunningham said Nodurft’s co-workers are coping with the situation by trying to stay busy and making sure the needs of her family are met.


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Veteran paramedic killed in botched canyon rescue

Posted on 30 December 2011 by wyoskibum

AUSTRALIA – Ambulance Helicopter Retrieval Service paramedic Mick Wilson had rescued one canyoner from the base of a waterfall at Carrington Falls, west of Wollongong, and was seeking to retrieve a second man when something went terribly wrong.

According to police, the winch cable to Mr Wilson was somehow compromised, forcing the rescue crew in the helicopter to cut the line to the 41-year-old father of three. “At about 8.30pm (on Saturday) on their last retrieval something has occurred at the bottom of the line which has necessitated an action inside the helicopter, cutting that winch line and releasing it from the helicopter,” NSW Superintendent Gary Worboys said yesterday.

“As a result of that the ambulance paramedic received injuries and later died at that location near Carrington Falls.

“I’m thinking it’s not something to do with the helicopter, I’m thinking it’s about the environment. It was a difficult, complex retrieval.”

A NSW Ambulance media spokeswoman said Mr Wilson — who had over 15 years’ experience — was one of the country’s most qualified search and rescue paramedics. She described the accident as “highly unusual” and confirmed Mr Wilson did not die from injuries sustained in a fall.

“It’s just so unusual, it’s a scenario that’s never played out before but I can confirm he did not fall, his feet were on the ground (when he died),” she said.

Multiple helicopters were sent to the scene to assist on Saturday evening after a distress call.

But while four special casualty access team paramedics were able to be winched down the cliff, the weather was so treacherous they were unable to winch Mr Wilson’s body, and the surviving canyoner, to safety until 7am yesterday.

It is the first time in 30 years a NSW paramedic has been killed on duty. A team of investigators from the Australian Transport Safety Bureau has been set up, but indications are the probe could take up to 12 months to complete.

The team will interview the helicopter crew, retrieve flight data, inspect the helicopter and gather operational and training records from the operator.

Police will also interview the two canyoners.


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Medical air ambulance crash kills patient and three crew members

Posted on 28 August 2011 by wyoskibum

KANSAS CITY, Mo (Reuters) – Federal authorities began investigating on Saturday the cause of a medical air ambulance helicopter crash that killed a patient and three crew members Friday night.

The helicopter was transporting the patient to Liberty Hospital in Liberty, Missouri, just northeast of Kansas City when it crashed while approaching an airport for a refueling stop, said Lynn Lunsford, a Federal Aviation Administration spokesman.

The helicopter went down about a mile from the Midwest National Air Center airport in Mosby, Missouri, several miles northeast of Liberty, Lunsford said. There were no survivors.

A paramedic, flight nurse, pilot and the patient died in the crash, the owner of the helicopter, Air Methods Corporation, said in a statement on its website. Air Methods did not identify the crew or patient.

The helicopter, a Eurocopter AS350, was based in St. Joseph, Missouri, Air Methods said. Air Methods is the largest provider of air medical emergency transport in the United States, according to its website.

Investigators for the FAA and National Transportation Safety Board were expected to arrive at the crash site Saturday morning to begin looking into the cause of the crash, Lunsford said.


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