Archive | April, 2011

Ambulance involved in crash in Lyons

Posted on 26 April 2011 by wyoskibum

CHICAGO, IL -  One person was taken to an area hospital after a crash in west suburban Lyons which involved an ambulance, officials said.

The crash happened about 10:30 a.m. near the 3900 block of South Harlem Avenue, according to Lyons police.

A police dispatcher said one person was transported to an area hospital but no other details were available.

Fire and police officials refused to give any updates or conditions.


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Enfield EMS Supervisor Resigns

Posted on 26 April 2011 by wyoskibum

ENFIELD, CT —— A supervisor and former captain of the emergency medical services department has resigned, according to the town’s director of human resources.

Richard Clow had faced disciplinary action as a result of an investigation by the human resources department, said Steven Bielenda, human resources director. The department found that he billed for excessive and unexplained overtime, chauffeured the EMS director on personal trips with a town car and used abusive language with a subordinate, among other things, according to an April 4 letter sent to Clow by Christopher Bromson, director of public safety.

Clow was removed as captain in March, during what Bielenda termed “a department re-evaluation,” and worked as a supervisor for just over a month. He was suspended with pay for about three weeks before resigning Thursday. In his resignation letter, he wrote, “I do this with the understanding that I have no other options available to me at this time.”

The letter asserted that Clow violated the town ethics code by working for, and ordering products from, a medical needle manufacturer called Vidacare while employed by the EMS department. He also gave the EMS director rides to the airport for personal business, billing the hours and using a town car, according to the letter.

The letter further alleges that Clow billed for excessive overtime, earning approximately $31,000 in overtime pay over a period of about six months, which was paid on top of an annual salary of $67,392. If the town had not stepped in, the letter asserts, Clow’s annual income would have hit nearly $114,000. Furthermore, as Clow routinely avoided clocking in or out, there was no proof that he had actually worked the hours, according to the letter.

The letter also says Clow used abusive language with a subordinate and refused to properly instruct other supervisors in payroll duties after being asked to do so by a superior.

“We had a conversation with Clow about the charges against him and we did not agree with his version of the events,” Bielenda said.

Clow’s departure comes less than a month after EMS Director Kevin Sullivan resigned from the troubled department, which under his leadership was cited for violations by the federal Occupational Safety and Health Administration and accused of harassment and discrimination by one of its paramedics.

In September, OSHA cited the department for 13 blood-borne pathogen violations and imposed a fine of $997. Then, in November, the department was cited again for not posting the findings of the OSHA inspection.

That same month, paramedic Abdullah Nizamani filed a complaint with the town’s human resources department, alleging that he was the victim of harassment and discrimination on the job. An investigation found that inappropriate comments had been made to and about Nizamani, but that he was not the victim of discriminatory treatment. Nizamani resigned in February.

Sullivan resigned in March, following a suspension over his response at the scene of a suicide when he argued with police about entering the house, a potential crime scene, and had to be escorted off the property, according to Bielenda.

Sullivan created the captain position last year, then promoted Clow July 1. It has not been filled since Clow was removed and may be eliminated, said Bielenda.

A new director, Gary Wiemokly, has been hired by the town and will begin on May 9, according to Bielenda. Art Groux, who was appointed interim director immediately after Sullivan’s resignation, will continue to fill the position in the meantime.

Bielenda said that he and Director of Public Safety Christopher Bromson are happy with the way things are moving forward.

“Morale has increased 100 percent,” he said.


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Five hospitalized in separate crashes involving ambulance and cop car

Posted on 26 April 2011 by wyoskibum

Hamilton County, Ind.—

Two separate accidents involving an ambulance and a Hamilton County Sheriff’s deputy put five people in the hospital late Wednesday night.

The first accident came out around 9:30 p.m. Wednesday. An ambulance was involved in a crash with a minivan at State Road 38 and Six Points Road just east of Sheridan. The minivan was reportedly traveling northbound on Six Points Road when they collided. The ambulance had one patient on board.

The second crash happened just before 11 p.m. Wednesday. A Hamilton County Sheriff’s deputy was hit by another vehicle on State Road 38 and Spring Mill just down the road from the first accident. The westbound vehicle struck the deputy’s car on the passenger side.

Hamilton County dispatchers confirm that a total of five people were transported to Methodist Hospital and Riverview Hospital in Noblesville. They will not comment on injuries.


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New Albany man charged with stealing ambulance

Posted on 22 April 2011 by wyoskibum

NEW ALBANY, IN (WAVE) - A New Albany man is charged with stealing an ambulance. Police arrested Jeremy Wooten early Saturday morning.

EMS officials at New Albany Fire and Rescue say an ambulance was stolen early April 16 outside Floyd Memorial Hospital while an EMT was checking in a patient.

We’re told Wooten was arrested less than a quarter of mile from where he allegedly stole the ambulance. He is facing several charges, including auto theft, unauthorized entry of an automobile, and intimidation of law enforcement.

Wooten has a lengthy criminal history.

This is the second ambulance in New Albany to be stolen in a matter of weeks. An ambulance was stolen in late March from a KFC in New Albany. Investigators say 43-year old Larry Loughman of Jeffersonville stole the Orange County ambulance while the crew stopped for dinner.

Police chased Loughman into Scott and Jackson counties, and he hit hit a police cruiser before he was finally stopped and arrested.


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One person killed after accident involving ambulance

Posted on 22 April 2011 by wyoskibum

ORANGEBURG COUNTY, SC (WIS) – The South Carolina Highway Patrol reported an accident in Orangeburg County involving a Dodge four-door and an ambulance that had resulted in one fatality.

It was reported around 7:30am Sunday on Magnolia Street, one mile north of Orangeburg.

Troopers said the driver of the Dodge four-door was 22-year-old Zachary Thomas. They went on to say that Thomas’ passenger was the person killed in the crash.

The driver of the ambulance was identified as Franklin Boardin of Orangeburg. Troopers said there was a passenger inside the ambulance at the time of the crash.

The patrol’s MAIT team is currently investigating the incident.


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One injured in Elgin ambulance crash

Posted on 22 April 2011 by wyoskibum

CHICAGO, IL – An ambulance on the way to a call was struck by another vehicle Friday afternoon in Elgin, resulting in one injury, authorities said.

The three-person paramedic crew was responding to a call for assistance from someone with a diabetic problem when the ambulance was struck by a Chevy pickup truck around 5:10 p.m. at the intersection of Dundee and Keep avenues. A fire department lieutenant, sitting on the passenger’s side, was injured and taken to Sherman Hospital, said Assistant Chief Dave Schmidt of the Elgin Fire Department.

The ambulance was traveling north on Dundee with its lights and sirens activated, but it’s possible the driver of the truck, coming from the side street, didn’t see the ambulance when going on to Dundee, Schmidt said.

A citation was issued for the driver of the truck, he said.


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Ambulance rolls over in crash in Evergreen Park

Posted on 22 April 2011 by wyoskibum

CHICAGO, IL – Two EMTs and a motorist suffered “very minor injuries” Tuesday morning when an ambulance and two cars were involved in a crash in southwest suburban Evergreen Park.

Multiple ambulances were called to the 2600 block of West 95th Street at 9:17 a.m. for the crash involving a private ambulance and two other vehicles, according to Evergreen Park Fire Chief Ronald Kleinhaus.

The ambulance was not carrying a patient, Kleinhaus said. The two EMTs and a woman in one of the cars were taken to hospitals for treatment of “very minor injuries,” he said. One of the EMTs suffered a cut hand from broken glass and the woman was mainly just “shaken up.”

David Mohrs, manager at a nearby OfficeMax, said he saw from his store’s window an ambulance westbound on 95th Street flip over a short wall before landing on its side. He did not see what led to the crash, which happened about 9 a.m.

The ambulance landed between that wall and a street light, Kleinhaus said.

Traffic along the busy stretch of 95th Street was halted following the crash.

Kleinhaus said traffic was still affected after the crash because Evergreen Park’s public works crews were taking the light pole down.


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One paramedic still recovering after ambulance wreck

Posted on 22 April 2011 by wyoskibum

KNOXVILLE, TN – The Rural Metro community is banding together to support one of their own as a paramedic recovers in the ICU after their ambulance flipped while responding to an emergency call.

According to a Rural Metro spokesman, the other occupant of the ambulance, an EMT, was treated and released Saturday morning from UT Medical Center.

The accident happened early Saturday morning.  The ambulance was not carrying a patient at the time.

According to the spokesperson, a fire truck had been dispatched and arrived at the scene of the original call.  Another ambulance was immediately dispatched to the original call.  There was no one transported for that call.

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Two Rural Metro EMT’s had to be extracted from their ambulance that had wrecked and flipped on I-640 early Saturday morning.

The ambulance was responding to a call, but had no patients in the vehicle. At the time of the accident, the emergency equipment had been activated.

According to the KPD, the ambulance was traveling on I-40 eastbound approaching I-640 near Asheville Highway around 2:45 a.m. As the ambulance approached the overpass, the driver lost control and ran off the right side of the interstate.

The emergency vehicle hit the guardrail, hit an embankment, and flipped over. Police say the ambulance then slid down the embankment and landed on the passenger side.

The Knoxville Fire Department and Rescue Squad extracted two EMTs. They were then transported to UT Hospital with non-life threatening injuries.


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Private ambulance driver arrested on suspicion of DUI

Posted on 22 April 2011 by wyoskibum

Murfreesboro, TN – An ambulance driver was arrested on suspicion of drunken driving Thursday after police caught him driving erratically on city streets with a patient in tow.

First Call Ambulance Driver Bradley Lee Cox, 32, of Thompson Station, was arrested for DUI and reckless endangerment after Murfreesboro Police Officer Travis Harris observed him run his vehicle off the road at Middle Tennessee Boulevard near Ewing Boulevard, according to a report written by MPD Officer Chris Wilkerson.

Harris had observed Cox driving on the wrong side of Memorial Boulevard minutes before the ambulance came to a stop at a green light on Middle Tennessee Boulevard at Greenland Drive, according to the report.

Harris initiated a traffic stop after the ambulance driven by Cox left the roadway at Middle Tennessee near Ewing Boulevard, striking two mailboxes and sideswiping a light pole. Cox pulled back onto Middle Tennessee before coming to a stop on a curb near Bell Street.

While talking to Cox, police noted, they smelled alcohol on his breath and saw he had bloodshot eyes. He also failed a series of field sobriety tests given by the officers and was subsequently placed under arrest, according to the report.

As for the patient who rode in his vehicle, another private ambulance from First Call responded to the scene to pick him up.

Cox, on the other hand, was transported to the Rutherford County jail.

The ambulance driver’s bond was set at $3,500 and he is now scheduled to appear in court June 14. Cox had no previous charges on file at the Rutherford County Judicial Building.

The private ambulance service First Call has no affiliation with the government-funded Rutherford County ambulance service.


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No prison for Waverly man who said he was paramedic

Posted on 15 April 2011 by wyoskibum

WAVERLY, Iowa — Judge Christopher Foy weighed several factors Monday before sentencing a young man who admitted twice posing as a paramedic in Bremer County.

At 24, Christopher Hill is relatively young and could yet put his communication skills and intelligence to better use, Foy said. On the other hand, pretending to have medical training and tending injured people might have ended in tragedy.

“What you did could have turned out very badly for the folks in those situations,” Foy said.

Hill in February pleaded guilty to two counts of impersonating a medical care provider. Bremer County authorities filed charges after Hill showed up at a car accident and at an industrial accident claiming to be a paramedic.

He learned about the incidents by listening to a police scanner. He wore uniform pants and on at least one occasion a shirt with the word “paramedic” printed on the back.

In reality, Hill worked for Barmuda as a bartender.

“I did understand what I was doing was wrong but didn’t think of it as a criminal offense,” Hill said Monday.

Judge Foy also noted Hill’s criminal record, which includes a felony conviction for third-degree burglary. The Oskaloosa Police Department in July 2006 also charged Hill with impersonating a public official, an aggravated misdemeanor. He admitted guilt a year later as part of a plea bargain, according to court records.

In that case, Hill received a two-year suspended prison sentence and was ordered to serve two years of probation.

“He continues to violate the law,” Bremer County Attorney Kasey Wadding said.

On Monday, Hill received two suspended prison sentences not to exceed five years. Judge Foy also ordered Hill to stay in jail until space is available at an Iowa Department of Corrections residential facility, possibly in Waterloo. Hill will stay there for at least 180 days.

Hill’s legal troubles will continue for a while longer, however. He is charged in Black Hawk County with committing prohibited acts as a noncertified medical provider. He was arrested Jan. 31, 2011.

In that case, Hill allegedly responded to Walmart in Cedar Falls and attempted to help a person suffering a medical emergency.

“What happens in Black Hawk County is beyond my control,” Foy told Hill.

But the judge wished him well.

“You have something to offer. It’s a matter of you staying focused on how you’re going to use those talents,” Foy said.

Hill previously said he pretended to be a paramedic to impress his girlfriend and relatives.

“I think his family has essentially turned its back on him. His plan to improve his reputation has essentially backfired,” defense attorney Mark Milder said Monday.


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Akron ambulance involved in crash

Posted on 15 April 2011 by wyoskibum

AKRON, OH – An Akron Fire Department EMS vehicle en route with a patient to a downtown hospital collided with a vehicle early Tuesday morning.

Three EMS workers, their patient and the driver of the vehicle were all treated for injuries at Akron General Medical Center.

The workers were later released. The condition of their patient and the other driver was not released.

According to a news release issued Tuesday afternoon by a city of Akron spokesman, the EMS vehicle was driving with its lights and sirens activated when it collided with the vehicle near the intersection of Broadway and Voris streets at about 8 a.m.

Two EMS units were called to the scene to treat the injured and transport them to Akron General Medical Center.

No charges have been brought and the crash remains under investigation.


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Ambulance tips over in Evergreen Park accident, driver ticketed

Posted on 15 April 2011 by wyoskibum

CHICAGO, IL – The driver of a private ambulance was ticketed after the ambulance struck two other vehicles in an accident that ended up with the ambulance tipped over in southwest suburban Evergreen Park, officials said.

The accident happened on the 2600 block of West 95th Street shortly after 9 a.m. as the ambulance, which was not carrying any patients, was driving westbound, said Evergreen Park Fire Chief Ronald Kleinhaus and police officials.

The emergency medical technicians in the ambulance and a female passenger in an SUV were treated for minor injuries at an area hospital and later released, police said.

According to Evergreen police, the ambulance driver was ticketed for failure to reduce speed to avoid an accident and damage to village property because a light pole was hit, police said.

Police said the ambulance was driving behind a small car when it accelerated and rear-ended that vehicle and caused the car to spin out. After that collision, the ambulance then struck the SUV which was also traveling west on 95th Street.

After the ambulance hit the SUV, the ambulance hit a street curb and roll over onto its driver side before becoming wedged between a traffic light and a high curb at a former car dealership, Kleinhaus said.

“I don’t think you could pull that off if you tried to do it on purpose,” he said.

The two EMTs were taken to hospitals “to get checked out” along with the passenger of the SUV that struck the ambulance, he said.

A portion of 95th street was cordoned off because crews had to physically remove the street light, which was tipped over onto the street after the impact from the ambulance, he said.

Evergreen Park fire and police responded.


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Rural/Metro worker had a ‘true heart for EMS’

Posted on 15 April 2011 by wyoskibum

ROCHESTER, NY – Darcy A. Kipphut devoted nearly half her life to handling the emergency medical needs of people in the Rochester community.

On March 27, Ms. Kipphut died suddenly at the age of 51, and a memorial service is now planned to honor her life.

Friends said Ms. Kipphut had a “true heart for EMS” and worked as a dispatcher, emergency medical technician and most recently as a scheduler at the Rural/Metro Medical Services Rochester location.

“She was a great dispatcher, no question,” said paramedic and friend Eugene Yount.

Rural/Metro Communications Manager Ken Council worked with Ms. Kipphut for 25 years.

“When I think about Darcy, I think of a person who is dedicated to the EMS profession,” he said.

Nicknamed “Pumpkin,” Ms. Kipphut was born in Rochester and graduated from East High School.

She began working for National Ambulance in 1984 and remained with National as the company transitioned to Rural/Metro Medical Services.

In July 1996, Ms. Kipphut was called a hero by firefighters when she entered a burning building to try to rescue a neighbor who later died from injuries suffered in the fire.

According to published reports, Ms. Kipphut was asleep in bed at about 3:30 a.m. when the smell of smoke woke her. She ran outside and saw the house on fire and smoke pouring from it. Through layers of smoke she saw her neighbor, Delfin Rodriguez, a few feet inside the front door of his home.

He was lying on the floor and she rushed in to grab him and drag him out.

Ms. Kipphut was pre-deceased by her mother, Leola Kipphut; father, Bernard Kipphut; and sister, Susan Kipphut. She is survived by her sister, Nadine Kipphut-Poormon; brother, Doug Kipphut of Arizona; and longtime friend, Daniel Weimer.


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Victim, City Share Different Views On EMS Response

Posted on 15 April 2011 by wyoskibum

DETROIT, MI — There’s conflicting stories between a family and city officials regarding what happened Sunday morning when shots rang out on Detroit’s west side.

Detroit police said six men were inside a car about 2 a.m. near Savannah and Charleston streets when someone pulled up next to them and opened fire, blowing out all of the car’s windows and tires.

During an interview with Local 4, one of the men inside the car, who asked only to be identified as Sonny, said the group managed to drive themselves to the Detroit Police Department’s 12th Precinct on Seven Mile Road. He said the officers told them all of the ambulances were out on other runs.”We were in the police station for 10 or 15 minutes and no ambulances come.   So, then the police had to drive us all the way to Sinai Grace,” Sonny said.Sonny was shot in the shoulder.  He said he’s thankful to be alive. One of the men, an 18-year-old, died as a result of his injuries.

But Detroit Deputy Mayor Saul Green said an ambulance was sent within three minutes of a 911 call made at 2:10 a.m. regarding the shooting. He said the issue lies in the fact that there was a lack of credible information given to the EMS dispatcher, and that the men left the scene of the shooting before the ambulance arrived. He confirmed that an ambulance being sent to the 12th Precinct was turned away when officers said they were transporting the victims on their own.”These times, we think, are accurate. It looks like the responses were appropriate and timely. The EMS, I think, were diligently doing a good job of chasing down the victims of this crime to try to provide the services they needed,” Green said.


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