Archive | September, 2011

Ambulance overturns en route to hospital, one person dies

Posted on 25 September 2011 by wyoskibum

HAMPTON, VA — An ambulance carrying a patient suffering from cardiac arrest was involved in an accident Saturday evening on its way to the hospital.

The ambulance collided with a black Suburban and overturned while it was going through the interesection of Mercury Boulevard and Armistead Avenue shortly after 8:30 p.m.

According to officials, the patient inside the ambulance died. Four paramedics inside the ambulance were taken to Riverside Regional Medical Center with minor injuries. Two people inside the SUV were also taken to the hospital.

The cause of the accident remains under investigation. The identity of the deceased is not being released until the cause of death has been determined.

The Hampton Police Division is requesting that anyone who witnessed the accident and has not already been interviewed by police to contact the Hampton Police Division at 727-6111. The accident is being investigated by the Hampton Police Division’s Fatal Accident Team.

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Teen Hit By School Bus in NJ, Ambulance Crashes on Way to Get Him

Posted on 25 September 2011 by wyoskibum

WEST MILFORD, NJ – A New Jersey teen was hit by a school bus Friday morning and the ambulance sent to get him crashed on the way.

Capt. Tim Storbeck says the 15-year-old sophomore at West Milford High School was taken to Morristown Memorial Hospital where he is listed in stable condition.

The school bus was carrying about 30 students and was headed to West Milford High. Storbeck said none of the kids on the bus were injured, but the driver was taken to a hospital with chest pains.

The fog was so thick along Macopin Road this morning that drivers said in some spots they couldn’t see one hundred feet in front of them. Police couldn’t say whether the weather played a role in the accident, but the weather prevented a rescue chopper from flying due to low visibility.

When police called for an ambulance, the responding EMS driver was involved in a fender bender with another car. No one was seriously injured in that accident.

Some of the parents said the students were traumatized by the accident.

“She doesn’t want to get back on the bus,” one student said, according to Rosemary Derin, a concerned mother. “I’m sure she’ll be okay, but she’s very upset.”

Her daughter Daria said there was a somber mood at the school.

“It’s horrible what happened,” said the freshman.

“We are all praying for them, the bus driver too,” Rosemary Derin added. “This was a terrible accident.”

The school district will have counselors available to any students that request it.

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Ambulance driver cited in Caln crash

Posted on 23 September 2011 by wyoskibum

CALN, PA – State police cited an ambulance driver after the vehicle overturned, injuring the driver and one passenger Wednesday morning.

The ambulance was traveling east on Route 30 about 7 a.m. when it exited at the Reeceville ramp.

Police said the driver – Joshua C. Lichman, 21, of Wayne – was “traveling at a high rate of speed (and) failed to negotiate the right hand curve of the off ramp,” according to a prepared statement.

Police said the ambulance rolled onto the driver’s side and skidded roughly 40 feet before hitting a ditch on the east side of the ramp.

The ambulance then slid another 25 feet coming to a rest on the shoulder of the ramp facing south, police said.

Police said Lichman suffered minor injuries. One of the ambulance’s two passengers suffered moderate injuries, police said.

The accident occurred only a short distance from Brandywine Hospital. Chester County Department of Emergency Services said the vehicle was a Nova Care ambulance.

Police cited Lichman with failing to drive a vehicle at a safe speed.

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EMTs’ bank funds stolen

Posted on 23 September 2011 by wyoskibum

WORCESTER, MA  — A former UMass Memorial Medical Center paramedic, who had served as the treasurer of the union local representing Worcester Emergency Medical Services EMTs, cleaned out the local’s three bank accounts without authorization before resigning from his position last month, national and local union officials have alleged.

A spokesman for Worcester District Attorney Joseph D. Early Jr. confirmed that state police detectives assigned to the DA’s office are investigating, in conjunction with Worcester police, the alleged theft of International Association of EMTs and Paramedics Local 95’s bank deposits.

Attempts to reach the former treasurer, Michael D. Germain, at his apartment in Waltham this week were unsuccessful. Mr. Germain’s current whereabouts are unknown, according to union officials.

IAEP Local 95 is part of the National Association of Government Employees union. NAGE spokeswoman Stephanie Zaiser said the amount of money missing at roughly $10,000.

Although IAEP officials were notified of the alleged theft in late August, NAGE officials were not made aware of the issue until late last week. Earlier this week, the parent union appointed a member of its national executive board to investigate what happened to the local’s money, Ms. Zaiser said.

Worcester EMS provides ambulance service to Worcester and Shrewsbury and is operated by UMass Memorial Medical Center.

Local 95 President Russell Smith, a Worcester EMS paramedic, did not return messages left for him at the Worcester EMS office and through the former union president. Correspondence sent out to members of the local from Mr. Smith and newly appointed treasurer Joshua Sparks, copies of which were obtained by the Telegram & Gazette, allege all of the union’s money was withdrawn from UMass 5 Credit Union by Mr. Germain using “faked documents” without the knowledge of other members of the local’s executive board.

Mr. Germain’s last day of employment with Worcester EMS was Aug. 23, UMass Memorial Medical Center spokesman Rob Brogna said.

The hospital had launched its own investigation into the alleged theft but has since deferred to the NAGE inquiry because Mr. Germain is no longer an employee, Mr. Brogna said.

A letter to the union members from Local 95’s Mr. Sparks, who also works as a Worcester EMS paramedic, said the small local’s past practice had been to allow the treasurer to be solely responsible for handling all of the union’s finances.

“There has always been an assumed trust among ourselves,” Mr. Sparks wrote. “This changes as of now.”

Mr. Smith, the local president, said in his letter to the membership that a national IAEP official was looking into whether Mr. Germain was bonded against the loss of the local’s money.

He said he understood the membership’s “frustration and anger,” and that he and other members of the executive board were upset that they had initially defended Mr. Germain.

“I myself many a time told people everything was OK and had seen all the proof that it was, or what I thought was the proof,” Mr. Smith wrote. “I apologize to everyone for Michael’s actions.”

Worcester police spokesman Sgt. Kerry F. Hazelhurst did not respond to a message left at his office yesterday.

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Smithsburg ambulance damaged in hit-and-

Posted on 23 September 2011 by wyoskibum

Smithsburg, Md. — A Smithsburg Emergency Medical Services ambulance is out of service as the result of a hit-and-run accident during a Sunday afternoon emergency call on Maple Avenue, just down the street from the SEMS station.

The ambulance was parked the southbound lane with its emergency lights on when it was hit between 3:05 and 3:15, while emergency crews were inside the building.

There is damage to the driver’s side mirror and driver’s door of the ambulance. The door cannot be opened more than 3 inches.

Anyone with information is asked to call Cpl. Jon Witmer of the Smithsburg Police Department at (301) 824-3500.

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Pasco paramedic accused of pointing gun in fight over dogs

Posted on 23 September 2011 by wyoskibum

NEW PORT RICHEY, FL – A Pasco County Fire Rescue paramedic was arrested Tuesday on charges of aggravated assault.

Joseph M. Lopardo, 46, allegedly brawled with a man Tuesday night during a disagreement about their dogs, according to a Pasco County Sheriff’s Office report. Authorities say the victim was walking his two small dogs in front of Lopardo’s home when their leashes became tangled, and Lopardo told him to keep moving because he has a big dog. The victim told Lopardo to keep his dog on a leash, authorities said.

The sheriff’s report says Lopardo wrestled with the victim and pointed a gun at the victim and the victim’s son and said, “If you come within five feet of me I’ll blow your face off.”

Lopardo faces two counts of aggravated assault and one count of battery. He was released from the Pasco jail Wednesday on $10,150 bail.

County personnel director Barbara DeSimone said Lopardo will be on unpaid leave until the case is resolved, which is the agency’s protocol.

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Downed Lines Trap Ambulance Crew

Posted on 23 September 2011 by wyoskibum

FREDERICKSBURG, VA – Downed power lines trapped emergency workers as they responded to a car accident in Fredericksburg earlier this morning.

Around 5:30 a.m., police say a Honda Civic driven by 38-year-old Spotsylvania resident Jennifer Mann collided with a GMC pickup truck as she tried to merge from the left to right lane of Route 1 as she approached the Route 3 interchange from the South.  The force of the crash forced the truck off the road, flattening a city street sign and a guardrail before impacting a utility pole, completely severing it from its base.

A city ambulance crew arrived on the scene at 5:32 p.m., but before medics could leave the ambulance, a passing tractor trailer snagged on some of the now lowered powerlines. The resulting tangle saw power lines draped over the ambulance, forcing the emergency workers to remain inside the ambulance until additional rescuers could check to see if the lines held a current. Around 5:41 a.m., a second ambulance arrived to tend to the victims of the accident, neither of which sustained serious injuries.

The northbound lanes of Route 1 and the eastbound lanes of Route 3 were closed in the vicinity of the accident and traffic was diverted. Dominion Power says that there were no power outages as a result of the accident. By 6:45 a.m., all lanes had reopened.

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Mann was charged with making an unsafe lane change and both cars were towed from the scene.

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Woman strikes ambulance on way to emergency call

Posted on 23 September 2011 by wyoskibum

RUSSELL, OH – A Russell ambulance on call Sept. 18 was struck by a vehicle driven by a woman who failed to yield to it at the Kinsman Road intersection.

No one was injured in the accident that caused $10,000 in damages to the ambulance and caused about a 3-minute delay to respond to the emergency.

A second ambulance picked up the paramedic on board the first one and continued on to the original Caves Road call, where a 48-year-old woman was in cardiac arrest.

She was awake in the ambulance, but was pronounced dead later at Hillcrest Hospital.

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Fire destroys ambulance

Posted on 19 September 2011 by wyoskibum

CHARLESTON, NC – The ambulance crew had just dropped off a patient at the hospital and was cruising back to the base across the James Island connector when they smelled smoke.

“By the time they pulled over, there were flames,” said Dun Lundy, Charleston County Emergency Medical Services director.

The crew bailed and called for help. But within minutes the engine and front end of the truck were burned unrecognizable. The walls of the patient bay were toast.

The Friday afternoon fire destroyed the $200,000 ambulance and equipment and tied up early commuter traffic all along the connector from Charleston to James Island.

But the crew was safe and no patient was aboard.

“Thank God,” Lundy said. The ambulance was one of the newer ones in the fleet, he said, only about three years old. “We have no idea what caused it. We haven’t had an ambulance catch fire in 25 years.”

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Nashville Fire Department employee suspended without pay for homophobic comments

Posted on 19 September 2011 by wyoskibum

NASHVILLE, TN – Nashville Fire Department paramedic Kevin Kennedy has been suspended without pay, effective immediately, after posting a Facebook rant against gay and lesbian fire department employees.

Kennedy’s suspension as determined by Director Chief Stephen Halford constitutes 25 12-hour shifts. The decision was made after a departmental hearing Monday.

Kennedy must also complete an anger management program and a targeted diversity training as directed by the department.

“The Fire Department consists of a diverse group of dedicated employees engaged in a vital life saving mission. It serves a diverse and wonderful community,” said Deputy Chief Kim Lawson in a statement. “The disciplinary and corrective actions taken in this case stands to reinforce our commitment to the community we serve and the employees who work in the Fire Department. Paramedic Kennedy, although a 20-year veteran with a good record of service, clearly understands the department’s position in this matter and I am confident this experience will guide his future actions.”

Kennedy posted his comments last month in a closed Facebook group that was part of Nashville Fire Department’s Deputy Chief Steve Meador’s page. Kennedy directed some of his remarks at particular GLBT individuals on the department, expressing a desire for “the queers” to “crawl back into the closet.”

After department officials learned of Kennedy’s comments, he was immediately placed on administrative leave.

Kennedy’s violations included: the use or threat of violence or intimidation when directed toward another person; participation in a pattern of harassment toward an employee of Metropolitan government; any failure of good behavior which reflects discredit upon himself, the department and/or the Metropolitan government; and conduct unbecoming an employee of the Metropolitan government.

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Man dead after Creekwood shooting; ambulance carrying 2nd victim involved in crash

Posted on 16 September 2011 by wyoskibum

иконописWILMINGTON, NC (WWAY) — Wilmington Police say one man is dead and another hurt after a shooting in the Creekwood community Wednesday night. The shooting happened just before 10 p.m. Wednesday at 1005 North 30th Street.

According to police at the scene of the shooting, two black males were chased into a duplex by a group of five or six men. They ran up to the second floor, where the two victims were shot. There were people uninvolved in the incident on the first floor.

Police say the man that died was 19-year-old Jonathan Jones Jr of Jacksonville. The other man, 24-year-old Joseph Edwards Hanible of Wilmington, was taken to New Hanover Regional Medical Center, but on the way, the ambulance carrying him was hit by another car at the intersection of Market and 16th Streets. Another ambulance took Hanible the rest of the way to the hospital.

A 9-1-1 caller from the incident was certainly surprised when the men ran into her home.

“I don’t know people just ran into my house and shot them…(crying)…they ran into my house, ran up stairs and shot them.”

Police say the group of gunmen ran out of the home and got into a white Honda with tinted windows and a blue and white box-style Chevrolet.

Police are still looking for the shooters.

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Several injured after car collides with ambulance

Posted on 16 September 2011 by wyoskibum

CHANNELVIEW, TX  — A sports car T-boned an ambulance in Channelview this morning, flipping the ambulance.

The ambulance went through a red light on the East Freeway feeder and Sheldon with its lights and sirens on. A Dodge Charger hit the ambulance which flipped on its side.

A mother and her two children were in the Charger and they suffered minor injuries. Three crewmembers were the only people in the ambulance. They also suffered minor injuries.

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The mother will probably be ticketed.

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EMT, paramedic on leave during inquiry of rescued man’s treatment

Posted on 16 September 2011 by wyoskibum

Chattanooga, TN – We now know it was the wrong medication given to a patient, that’s landed a paramedic off the job and demoted. We confirmed that EMS worker Timothy Waldo used the incorrect I-V bag while treating Melvin Davis on the way to Erlanger.

We also learned that the EMT with him, Jamie Jackson, was cleared of any misconduct. The EMS Chief tells us it was an accident. Ken Wilkerson says while Timothy Waldo was taking care of Davis, he grabbed the wrong I-V bag, giving him a dose of lidocaine that he wasn’t supposed to have.

Davis had just been rescued after hanging upside-down for days by a rope. Reports show he was weak, but conscious when paramedic Timothy Waldo loaded him into the ambulance. But when he got to Erlanger, EMS sys his condition was much worse. Wilkerson says, “He was in more of a critical state when he arrived at the hospital, I believe he was unconscious when he arrived at the hospital.”

That’s when an Erlanger physician notified EMS that something may have gone wrong during the ambulance ride. EMS tells us it turns out Waldo had grabbed, and given Davis the wrong I-V bag. “The lidocaine that was used is a pre-mixed lidocaine that comes in an I-V bag, and our investigation shows it was the wrong IV bag that was used.”

Chief Ken Wilkerson explains lidocaine is a drug used when patients have heart issues. He says it comes in a pre-mixed bag. He explins that there are other bags without the drug, like straight saline. Wilkerson says Waldo made an honest mistake. “This was an inadvertent, accidental, type of situation, we discovered no intent or maliciousness in this.”

But Davis ended up in critical condition for more than 5 days. We wanted to know if this mistake was the cause of his declining health. “I don’t know by any means whether what occurred contributed to his status right now.”

EMT Jamie Jackson, who was driving the ambulance, has been cleared of any wrongdoing and is back on the job.

Waldo has been suspended for 28 days without pay, demoted from paramedic to EMT, and will placed on probation. We’re told he will have to get additional training at his own expense and be evaluated every thirty days once he returns to work.

The good news is that Davis is now listed in fair condition.

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Teacher alleges assault by paramedic

Posted on 16 September 2011 by wyoskibum

OTTAWA, CANADA – A local teacher vividly remembers a paramedic’s hands on her breast as she lay in the back of an ambulance partly conscious, she told the court Tuesday.

She remembered the paramedic lifting her shirt up and exposing her right breast.

“I thought maybe he had seen something — but it’s when he took a hold of my nipple, I thought, ‘This isn’t part of the exam,’” the woman said.

Shawn Doyle pleaded not guilty to charges of sexual assault.

Suffering from a reaction to penicillin on April 20, 2010, the woman was immobile with pain and unable to speak.

She rushed to hospital, but overcome with pain she stopped at a walk-in clinic.

Unable to respond to doctors’ questions, or even open her eyes, walk-in staff called an ambulance.

Due to a shortage of local paramedics, paramedic Shawn Doyle and a colleague from Arnprior responded.

The woman was placed in the back of the ambulance with Doyle, while the other drove.

Doyle did routine checks around her legs and stomach, where she was getting a rash.

“At the beginning, he was telling me what he was doing,” she said.

“Then he just started checking up around my chest, breast area — so I thought I had a rash up there too,” she said. “(But) when he touched my breast he didn’t say it out loud.”

Having gone through First Aid training, she knew something wasn’t right.

“He started to pull on my nipple and play in that area,” she said.

She then remembered him lifting her bra up, exposing both breasts.

“I got really scared — I wasn’t worried about my (pain) anymore.”

She said she was worried about being alone with Doyle in the back of the ambulance.

“I didn’t want him to realize I knew what he was doing and that I knew it was wrong,” she said. “I couldn’t move, I couldn’t do anything — I was very scared.”

During cross examination, the defence suggested the woman was guessing since she couldn’t see at the time or recall the entire incident from over a year ago.

“I’m not guessing about (the touching), but the little details — I’ve forgotten them,” she said. “I could hear everything going on around me — I knew what was going on.”

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