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Ambulance driver arrested for intoxicated driving

Posted on 14 December 2012 by wyoskibum

GAYLORD, MI — Gaylord City Police officers arrested a 28-year-old ambulance driver Sunday night for allegedly driving drunk while transporting a car accident victim and a young child from Montmorency County to Otsego Memorial Hospital.

Police Chief Brett McVannel said officers received an independent call that a Tri-Township EMS ambulance was on its way to the hospital and the driver might be intoxicated.

During their investigation, officers determined Daniel Albrecht was the driver of the incoming ambulance, and he was subsequently arrested for operating while intoxicated — child endangerment.

Albrecht was transported to the Otsego County Jail where he was lodged without incident until bond requirements were met.

According to Otsego County 46th Circuit Court records, Albrecht is facing one count of operating under the influence — child endangerment, a misdemeanor. He is scheduled for a Jan. 14 arraignment in 87th District Court.

Tri-Township EMS is based in Atlanta and provides service to five townships in Montmorency County.


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D.C. Fire/EMS Ambulance Passes Victim’s Home

Posted on 22 August 2012 by wyoskibum

WASHINGTON, DC – While an injured, elderly lady laid waiting for help, a District of Columbia ambulance crew reportedly drove past her house.

They didn’t miss it. They headed to a firehouse, and demanded another crew handle the call, according toWTTG.

D.C. Fire and EMS officials say they’re investigating the latest incident involving an ambulance crew.

Sources say switching out those two ambulances caused a 15 minute delay in getting the 93-year-old woman with a head injury to the hospital.

She survived and is now recovering at home after a five-day hospital stay, the station reported.

“We dispatch our closest unit to the emergency,” Assistant Chief For Operations Timothy Gerhart told reporters.

“Ambulance 6 was dispatched, and currently we’re looking into why Ambulance 29 was consequently dispatched to the emergency,” Gerhart said.

For ambulances to switch assignments like that, EMS officials say the Office of Unified Communications would need to be notified, as well as records updated, among other things. All of that adds to the response time, the station reported.

The EMS service in the nation’s capital has come under continued scrutiny since the death of New York Times Editor David Rosenbaum.

He was injured in a robbery, but the EMS crew misdiagnosed him, and transported him to the hospital as a low priority patient. He died two days later.

A suit stemming from his death called for sweeping changes in the way patients are handled in D.C. D.C.

“We expect our emergency vehicles to get on the scene as quickly as possible when they’re dispatched to a response, and that’s why we’re investigating it very actively and we will take appropriate action,” Gerhart told reporters.

It is also too early to say if the delayed response has hampered the 93-year-old woman’s recovery.



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Police: Danbury man refuses to get out of Wilton ambulance’s way

Posted on 02 July 2012 by wyoskibum

WILTON, CT — Sirens and flashing lights were not enough to make a Danbury man get out of the way of a Wilton ambulance on its way to an emergency last month, according to police.

At 6:30 p.m. on May 27, police received a complaint from Wilton Volunteer Ambulance Corps members that they had been obstructed from response to an emergency dispatch by a motorist, according to police reports.

Matt Klein, 42, of 8 Rose Lane in Danbury, refused to pull his 1995 Nissan pickup truck to the side of the road, preventing the emergency vehicle from passing him on the 400 block of Danbury Road, police said.

Ambulance Corps officials told police that when Klein did pull over, he blasted a handheld air horn out of his window and gave them the middle finger.

The Ambulance Corps officials provided police with the license plate number of the vehicle that caused the obstruction, and a warrant was obtained for the vehicle’s owner, who was identified as the driver, police said.

On June 20, Klein was spotted by two Wilton detectives in Norwalk near the Route 7 connector, according to police.

The detectives, along with Norwalk police, arrested Klein and took him into custody.

Klein expressed remorse for blocking the ambulance’s passage, said police. He told police he blocked the vehicle because he was frustrated over an $1,800 bill he received for his last ambulance trip to the hospital.



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Ambulance Driver Arrested After Chase, Holding Co-Worker ‘Against His Will’

Posted on 24 April 2012 by wyoskibum

Откъде да купя иконаPHILADELPHIA, PA – A man is in police custody after he led police on a short pursuit in an ambulance all while holding a co-worker “against his will.”

According to investigators, the incident began when police spotted the ambulance in an area where it shouldn’t have been. The ambulance, according to authorities, was supposed to be at a hospital in Pottstown for a pick-up.

Police then contacted the ambulance company, NovoCare Ambulance based out of Norristown, to alert them of the situation. The company then contacted one of the employees and asked him his whereabouts.

According to authorities, the man told them he was at one location, but the company was able to track his exact location utilizing a GPS device.

Company representatives then informed the worker to return to the company headquarters in Norristown.

Authorities say the employee did not return back to the business and instead drove off towards his home. Police then began a pursuit of the ambulance.

A second employee that was inside the vehicle reportedly called police and told them he was being held “against his will.”

Police eventually stopped the vehicle at 2nd Street and Cheltenham Avenue in East Oak Lane.

The driver was taken into custody and is being questioned by investigators. So far, no charges have been filed.



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Paramedic poured human blood onto student’s leg, officials say

Posted on 30 March 2012 by wyoskibum

An Austin-Travis County EMS paramedic poured human blood onto a high school student’s leg during a drunken driving simulation earlier this month, a hospital administrator said Monday, prompting an investigation by EMS officials.

During the March 8 “Shattered Dreams” event involving students at Vandegrift High School in the Leander school district, the paramedic poured blood from the hospital’s lab onto a female student pretending to be a patient, said Dr. David Martin, the chief medical officer at St. David’s Round Rock Medical Center.

Emergency Medical Services Director Ernie Rodriguez said the paramedic was using a bag of donated blood as a prop during the event. At the hospital, the paramedic — whose name he did not release because of the ongoing investigation — poured some of the blood onto gauze for the student’s fake injury to make the wound look more realistic, he said. The paramedic then spilled some of the blood onto himself and the student’s skin, he said.

The paramedic could face discipline as a result, Rodriguez said. He said the blood is typically used for transfusions, but that particular sample was past its usable date.

“Although this blood had undergone dozens of tests and was verified as completely clean, there was no reason that a student participant should have come in physical contact with human blood during the course of the simulation,” Martin said in a statement Monday. “This action is something that the hospital does not condone, and hospital representatives took prompt action.”

The student’s exposure to the blood occurred after being taken to the hospital as part of the simulation, which features the dramatization of an alcohol-related crash near a high school campus.

The event, organized by public safety agencies, plays out over the course of a school day to educate students about the dangers of drunken driving. It includes law enforcement and EMS responses to the “wreck,” emergency room treatment for the simulated victims, family notifications, and the arrest and booking of the driver.

Real blood typically is not used as a prop during the event, but “I don’t have any doubt this medic knew it was real,” Rodriguez said.

The blood bank assured the students’ parents that there was an extremely low risk of infection or the spread of disease, Rodriguez said. He said the student did not undergo any testing.

Rodriguez said the incident should not have happened and said the fault lay solely with EMS. He said there were lapses in EMS supervision during the event, including allowing the paramedic to participate even though he had not gone through the planning process. Those issues are also being investigated, Rodriguez said.

“This medic should not have been allowed to participate,” he said. “I’m convinced that if he had the appropriate briefing, he would not have done that.”

The paramedic has worked for EMS for several years, Rodriguez said, and has served without any previous problems.

Rodriguez said he hopes the incident does not damage the reputation of Shattered Dreams, which he called “a great program” that has seen success in discouraging drinking and driving among teens.

“I guarantee Shattered Dreams saves students’ lives,” Rodriguez said. “I would hate for anyone to get a bad sense about it.”



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Police: Man tried to move ambulance

Posted on 01 February 2012 by wyoskibum

MOUNT JULIET, Tenn. — Police in Tennessee said they arrested a man who allegedly tried to move an ambulance on an emergency call because it was blocking his car.

Mount Juliet police said the Wilson County ambulance was parked on 300 block of Killian Way Saturday as the crew responded to a medical emergency and the paramedics heard the vehicle’s engine start while they were preparing the patient for transport, The (Nashville) Tennessean reported Tuesday.

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Stolen ambulance, frozen foods, arrest in El Paso

Posted on 29 January 2012 by wyoskibum

EL PASO, Texas (AP) — A West Texas man accused of swiping an ambulance, driving to a grocery store and stealing frozen foods has landed in a different kind of cooler.

El Paso police on Tuesday announced the arrest and jailing of John Valdivia of El Paso on theft charges. Bond has been set at nearly $10,200.

An ambulance was stolen Monday night from the emergency parking area of Del Sol Medical Center. Police say the vehicle was taken while waiting to transport a patient.

Police say Valdivia allegedly drove to a market and tried to slip out with some frozen foods. He was followed by grocery store personnel into the parking lot and police were alerted.

Police had no information Tuesday on an attorney for Valdivia. Details on the frozen items weren’t immediately released.


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EMS Worker Admits to Stealing Drugs from Ambulances

Posted on 04 January 2012 by wyoskibum

ROANE COUNTY, W.Va. (WSAZ) — An EMS worker is off the job and behind bars after police say he admitted to stealing drugs from ambulances he worked on in two counties.

West Virginia State Police in Spencer tell Steven Mullins was arrested last week.

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Mullins worked for Roane County Emergency Services and another ambulance service in Calhoun County.

Troopers say Mullins confessed to stealing pain medication from syringes and replacing it with saline.

He’s facing about 75 charges between the two counties including several felonies for obtaining narcotics by fraudulent means.

Police say more charges are pending.

Mullins is expected to be in court for a preliminary hearing this week.


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Paramedic faces 10-year sentence

Posted on 23 November 2011 by wyoskibum


MONCKS CORNER, SC — A paramedic who allegedly took marijuana from a felony DUI suspect at a crash scene and tried to hide it from law enforcement was charged Friday with obstruction of justice.

Chelsea Arrowood, 27, of Summerville, a paramedic for Berkeley County EMS, was arrested by the S.C. Highway Patrol, Cpl. Bob Beres said. Arrowood reportedly surrendered to investigators Friday afternoon at the Hill Finklea Detention Center and was expected to face a bond judge later in the evening.

At the Broughton Road scene of a fatal head-on collision late Nov. 10, a witness maintained that a paramedic took a small package of pot from the pants of Shana Robinson, 33, of Moncks Corner, patrol Capt. Chris Williamson said. He said investigators later recovered the pot, the exact amount of which he didn’t know. And contrary to earlier reports, Robinson and Arrowood are not related and do not know each other, Williamson said.

Robinson remains hospitalized but is charged with felony DUI regarding the accident that took the life of Candy Zoll, 47, of Moncks Corner. Zoll died in a hospital emergency room from blunt force trauma suffered in the crash, authorities said.

The patrol said Robinson’s 2005 BMW crossed the center line and struck Zoll’s 2000 Saturn head-on. Robinson and a passenger in her car, 23-year-old Brittany Hartley of Moncks Corner, were both injured.

Williamson said Robinson now faces an additional charge of simple possession of marijuana in connection with the incident at the accident.

The obstruction of justice charge is a misdemeanor but carries a sentence of up to 10 years, Williamson said.

EMS Director Bob Mixter said earlier that Arrowood is on paid vacation that was already scheduled.


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Patrol: EMS worker took pot from hurt DUI suspect

Posted on 18 November 2011 by wyoskibum

CHARLESTON, S.C. — The South Carolina Highway Patrol is investigating after authorities say a Berkeley County emergency medical service worker took marijuana from the pants of an injured drunken driving suspect.

Highway Patrol Cpl. Bob Beres said the worker was helping 33-year-old Shana Robinson after the Moncks Corner woman’s BMW crossed the center line Thursday night and hit another car head on. The other driver, 47-year-old Candy Zoll, died at the hospital.

Beres said the EMS worker took the drugs from Robinson’s pants and tried to hide it while caring for the woman.Robinson has been charged with felony DUI. It wasn’t clear if she had an attorney.

The EMS worker has not been identified or charged. Berkeley County EMS Director Bob Mixter said he is conducting an internal investigation.


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Man Accused Of Improperly Using Ambulance Lights, Sirens

Posted on 05 August 2011 by wyoskibum

LOUISVILLE, Ky. — Police said an ambulance spotted passing vehicles in a traffic jam on the Gene Snyder Freeway was not on official business.

Police said the 1991 model red and white retired ambulance was privately owned by a Louisville man who said he was using it to take injured animals to an animal hospital.

According to the arrest report, Steven Lowery was seen driving the ambulance code 3, as if in an emergency, on Preston Highway at Mount Washington Road. Lowery got on the freeway and headed toward the Bardstown Road exit in traffic, the report said. Officers said they were unable to keep up with Lowery.

“I was in the process of trying to find out who this guy was and he turns on his lights and sirens right in front of me, gets on the Gene Snyder and takes off down the Gene Snyder,” Heritage Creek police Officer Dale Elliot.

Police said they ran the license plate of the ambulance and found that it was registered to Lowery’s home address. Police went to the home and found the ambulance parked in the driveway, according to the arrest report.

Lowery told WLKY that he owns a business, Metro1Medical LLC. According to the secretary of state, the purpose of the company is “the transportation of pets and animals to local vets and hospitals, as well as drug testing and billing for services.” Lowery said the business has been registered since July 6, 2011. Lowery said Monday’s run was his first.

“We are a pet animal service. We do transport services to all the hospitals in Louisville,” Lowery said.

He told the officer he was dispatched over cellphone, not from MetroSafe, according to the report.

“Guy said a dog got hit and was laying on the side of the road. I knew there was a hospital nearby, so I turned my lights and sirens on. I passed the cop on the side of the road who arrested me, on Preston Highway going down Gene Snyder,” Lowery said.

Lowery told WLKY he tried to call the number that made the request and was unable to verify the validity of the report, so he terminated the run.

“Obviously you cannot go Code 3, lights and sirens to pick up an animal. I love animals, but that’s a little extreme,” Elliott said.

“That may be my mistake. I did a lot of researching and was told I wouldn’t need a CON for my lights and sirens for pet transport. I didn’t make it clear that I would be using it,” Lowery said.

Police said Lowery had an expired Highview firefighter identification card.

Lowery is charged with improper use of red lights, improper use of siren, reckless driving and first-degree wanton endangerment.

He was released from jail on his own recognizance around 1 a.m. Tuesday. Lowery is due back in court Thursday.


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DC Using Fire and EMS Employees’ Presence To Help Deter Crime

Posted on 16 July 2011 by wyoskibum

WASHINGTON, D.C. - The D.C. Office of Public Safety and Justice has ordered members of the D.C. Fire and EMS Department to assist in the protection of Summer Youth Employees on pay day as an added presence to deter crime.

It is a major concern, according to Ed Smith, President of the District Fire Fighters Union Local 36.

“No one has defined what is meant by presence and what the role of the firefighters is when they witness a criminal act taking place,” Smith said.

Paul Quander, Deputy Mayor of Public Safety and Justice, told FOX 5 firefighters are not in harm’s way and other government agencies are participating as well.

“We’ve been doing this successfully for three weeks and I don’t think asking firefighters or anyone else who is working for the citizens of the District of Columbia to be eyes and ears and report criminal activity to police is putting them in harm’s way,” he said.

In the past, a few participants of the city’s Summer Youth Employment Program have been mugged on pay day because they receive cards which allow them to withdraw money from ATMs and banks.


Press Release From the DC Fire Fighters Association:

Metropolitan Police Department staffing is so low that District of Columbia Fire Chief Kenneth Ellerbe is forcing District of Columbia firefighters to be utilized in an effort to deter criminal activites.

Fire Chief Kenneth Ellerbe has ordered members of the DC Fire & EMS Department to assist in the protection of the Summer Youth Employees on Pay Day.

On Summer Youth Employment Pay Days, District Fire Fighters will be assigned to “take posts” in high crime areas to provide a “presence?”

A major concern, according to Ed Smith, President of the District Fire Fighters Union Local 36, “no one has defined what is meant by “presence” … and what is the role of the fire fighters when they witness a criminal act taking place?

Smith goes on, “I am concerned that this is a knee jerk reaction to what is serious problem that is clearly a police matter and not a fire department problem.”

“Not only are my members not trained as police officers they are not properly equipped to handle police matters, yet could be called upon to become involved in various situations that place’s them in harm’s way! Smith is also concerned that posting firefighters in areas other than the strategically located fire station’s can potentially increase response times to fire and medical related emergencies.


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Man who posed a paramedic in Cedar Falls gets suspended sentence and probation

Posted on 25 June 2011 by wyoskibum

WATERLOO, Iowa — A man who posed as a paramedic after showing up a medical emergency at a Walmart in Cedar Falls has been given a suspended prison sentence and placed on probation.

Twenty-four-year-old Christopher Hill, of Waverly, pleaded guilty in Black Hawk County District Court to two counts of committing prohibited acts as a noncertified medical care provider. The Waterloo-Cedar Falls Courier says documents outlining terms of her probation were filed last week. Hill must serve five-year’s probation and live in a Department of Corrections residential facility.

Earlier this year, Hill pleaded guilty to similar charges in Bremer County for twice pretending to be a paramedic when he showed up at a car accident and an industrial accident. He was given five years’ probation in the case.


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Police: Driver blocked two lanes ahead of ambulance

Posted on 15 April 2011 by wyoskibum

DES MOINES, IA  – A Des Moines man was ticketed with failure to yield to an emergency vehicle Wednesday afternoon after allegedly yelling at fire department medics and blocking their route on a run.

Todd Curtis Miller, 30, is autistic, with Asperger Syndrome, according to Des Moines police. They said in a report that they believe Miller should be tested again by the Iowa Department of Transportation, “as his decision making creates a dangerous situation when he is operating a motor vehicle.”

Senior Medic Doug Armstrong and Medic Tanner Stone from Station 9 on the city’s northwest side, told officers they were leaving the fire station with lights and siren on a medic call about 12:20 p.m. They were heading for the east side.

They reported that as they went east on Douglas Avenue, Miller’s vehicle was ahead of them. Miller allegedly stopped quickly in front of them and leaned out his window, yelling at the medics.

The medics said he drove another 20 yards, made a wide turn, and put his vehicle in a position to block both eastbound lanes. He again leaned out his window, yelled and shook his fist. He reportedly made another U-turn, following the medic squad until he reached Beaver Avenue and then turned south.

Police said Miller later complained that he was the person who was cut off in traffic and that he did not deserve a citation. He reportedly refused to sign the ticket and was visibly upset. Rather than arrest him and risk having to use force, officers sent the ticket through the system with a note that says, “Refused to sign.”


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