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A second Emergency Medical Technician has succumbed to respiratory illness contributed to the terrorist attacks on September 11, 2001.  Eight year veteran EMT Felix Hernandez, age 31, who worked for the FDNY EMS Division died on October 23, 2005 of complications related to the EMS response
to the World Trade Center.  Many other EMT’S and Paramedics who were on scene on 9-11-01 continue to grow sicker and face the same fate as the two medics who have lost their lives post 9-11-01.  No financial assistance has been provided to their families. 
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On the morning of September 11, 2001, as terrorist took control of four planes crashing one into the Pentagon, another over taken by the planes passengers that ended the terror waged against America and her citizens.  The first two attacks waged by the terrorist first struck the World Trade Centers Tower, minutes later a second plane took cold callous aim and struck the second tower. 

On Tuesday September 11, 2001, hundreds of EMT’s, Paramedics, Firefighters, NYPD and Port Authority Officers descended upon the scene evacuating, treating, rescuing and ascending stairs to reach those cut off from escape routes.  As of 11:00 am the twin World Trade Center Tower had collapsed killing thousands that included Civilians, Passengers Flight Crews, as well as the EMT’s Paramedics, Firefighters Police officers from NYPD and Port Authority Officers. 

The deaths from 09-11-2001, did not end that day, Today EMT’s, Paramedics, Firefighters Police and Port Authority Officers, along with many construction workers who worked feverishly to bring home the lost are today suffering severe respiratory pulmonary disease.  On June 23, 2005, EMT Timothy Keller, died from chronic asthma and sinusitis, at his funeral two fellow medics had to leave the church and climb into the back of an ambulance to hunch over a plastic tube in the back of an ambulance outside St. James Church to deliver albuterol necessary to open up their seizing airways.

EMT Timothy Keller is dead and many post 9-11-2001, are now wondering when they will be next.  EMT Keller died and never received on damn dime to help with medical expenses incurred, unable to work his left on disability receiving one damn check prior to his death for $347.00; the city of New York along with Social Security denied Keller benefits.  America needs to remember for these men and women September 11, 2001, continues take additional lives.  Please SOMEONE HELP!!   Dave 09-08-2005
Events of 9-11-2001 Still Killing
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Our First Line of Defense
There’s no greater gift a man/woman who sacrifices their life so that others may live. These are the words that our police officers, firefighters; and emergency medical personnel live and work by everyday. Now that the United States of America has increased its homeland security alerts level to high.  These men and women are the first line of defense in the event of an additional terrorist attack against the United States.

There are over 1 million firefighters in the United States, of which approximately 750,000 are volunteers. •Local police departments have an estimated 556,000 full-time employees including about 436,000 sworn personnel. •Sheriffs' offices reported about 291,000 full-time employees, including about 186,000 sworn personnel. •There are over 155,000 nationally registered Emergency Medical Technicians (EMT).These men and women who wear uniforms of their chosen careers, are providing police protection; firefighters are providing haz-mat training and containment skills in the case of a chemical or biological attack. Emergency medical services personnel are training to treat any individual who may become exposed as a result of the release of such terrible chemical and biological agents at the hands of Iraq and possibly even terrorist’s cells.

The President's 2003 Budget is Strengthening America's first responder community will make our homeland safer. Nearly two million first responders regularly put their lives at risk to save lives and make our country safer. Hundreds of firefighters, police officers and emergency medical workers gave their lives on September 11 as they worked to save others. However, as our military is preparing so are our public servants? 

The men and women who provide protection and medical treatment also continue to prepare by training and exercises to react to any potential terrorists attacks. Now with an increased threat level the possibility of police officers, firefighters, and paramedics losing their lives becomes a greater risk as they will be the first responders to any potential attack and they will the ones once again responding and will be the ones once again risking and sacrificing their lives so that others may live.

Just as our military is continuing their training and positioning to should they need to stop the Iraqi Government and other terrorists from launching stockpiled chemical and biological agent along with possible nuclear weapons. As a military awaits our President’s decision to commit our brave men and women to take action against Iraq in order to protect the American people from chemical or biological weaponry from being released anywhere in the world. However, as our military is preparing so are our public servants.  The men and women who provide protection and medical treatment also continue to prepare by training and exercises to react to any potential terrorists attacks.

Now with an increased threat level the possibility of police officers, firefighters, and paramedics losing their lives becomes a greater risk as they will be the first responders to any potential attack and they will the ones once again responding and will be the ones once again risking and sacrificing their lives so that others may live. And already at time it seems that the public has forgotten the sacrifices that were made on September 11, 2001, when terrorists boarded airplanes then turning them into flying missiles. Firefighters, police officers, and paramedics who responded lost their lives, sacrificing their lives which had resulted in over 25,000 individuals who were saved as a result of their heroism. Hollywood and its actors put on a benefit program “To honor the heroes of 911.

”Today’s many of these same actors are protesting military action that will inevitably prevent the release of chemical and biological weapons on the United States and its allies. Germany and France have accused the president and the United States of being a “warmonger,” instead of realizing that on September 11, 2001, 3,025 Civilians, Military, Police, Fire, and EMS were killed. Because of their heroism and sacrifice the fact is that they saved approximately 25,000 souls.  Apparently Hollywood actors fail to understand that a vile of a chemical substance agent could kill over 28,000 American citizens. Of all the firefighters, port authority officers, police officers, and emergency medical technicians who gave their lives September 11, 2001, the number of potential lives lost in a biological and chemical attack (s) could claim more lives of these individuals in unspeakable and unthinkable proportions.

A television editorial given by a Canadian television anchor from Toronto; Gordon Sinclair, here is the text of his editorial the rings true today.” This Canadian thinks it is time to speak up for the Americans as the most generous and possibly the least appreciated people on all the earth. Germany, Japan and, to a lesser extent, Britain and Italy were lifted out of the debris of war by the Americans who poured in billions of dollars and forgave other billions in debts. None of these countries is today paying even the interest on its remaining debts to the United States. When France was in danger of collapsing in 1956, it was the Americans who propped it up, and their reward was to be insulted and swindled on the streets of Paris. I was there.  I saw it. When earthquakes hit distant cities, it is the United States that hurries into help. This spring, 59 American communities were flattened by tornadoes.  Nobody helped.

The Marshall Plan and the Truman Policy pumped billions of dollars into discouraged countries. Now newspapers in those countries are writing about the decadent, war-mongering Americans. I’d like to see just one of those countries that is gloating over the erosion of the United States dollar build its own airplane. Does any other country in the world have a plane to equal the Boeing Jumbo Jet, the Lockheed Tri-Star, or the Douglas DC10? If so, why don't they fly them?  Why do all the International lines except Russia fly American Planes? Why does no other land on earth even consider putting a man or woman on the moon? You talk about Japanese technocracy, and you get radios. You talk about German technocracy, and you get automobiles. You talk about American technocracy, and you find men on the moon - not once, but several times and safely home again. You talk about scandals, and the Americans put theirs right in the store window for everybody to look at. Even their draft-dodgers are not pursued and hounded. They are here on our streets, and most of them, unless they are breaking Canadian laws, are getting American dollars from ma and pa at home to spend here. When the railways of France, Germany and India were breaking down through age, it was the Americans who rebuilt them. When the Pennsylvania Railroad and the New York Central went broke, nobody loaned them an old caboose. Both are still broke. I can name you 5000 times when the Americans raced to the help of other people in trouble. Can you name me even one time when someone else raced to the Americans in trouble?

I don't think there was outside help even during the San Francisco earthquake. Our neighbors have faced it alone, and! I'm one Canadian who is damned tired of hearing them get kicked around. They will come out of this thing with their flag high. And when they do, they are entitled to thumb their nose at the lands that are gloating over their present troubles. I hope Canada is not one of those.”

What a remarkable in moving editorial one which still rings true today, sadly however America’s actors are threatening to go to Iraq and act as human shields, small groups of Americans protest the threat of war. 

Where are the protests for the lives of the men and women who’ve lay down their lives time and time again for the American people.  They do not ask for anything in return, their families, friends, and co-workers are reluctantly and sadly are left behind.  Those who protest this inevitable war with the Iraqi government fail to understand that our failure not too will again place our emergency medical personnel, our firefighters, and our police officers, who are homeland first line of defense.  Again if Iraq is not disarmed, Police, Fire and EMS Personnel will possibly be placed back in another disastrous situation if Saddam Hussein releases his chemical and biological agents or provides al Qaeda with these weapons of mass destruction. 

When do we say that these men and women who may today or tomorrow have to sacrifice their lives so that others may live, including the lives of the very celebrities who are willing to participate in making movies of war, and then decry the strong potential for military action to prevent another 9-11 with the potential for a far greater death toll then pearl harbor or the September 11, 2001 terrorist attacks. The Federal Governments First Responder Initiative will help these brave Americans do their jobs better. Building on existing capabilities at the Federal, State, and local level, the First Responder Initiative provides an incentive to develop mutually supportive programs that maximize effective response capability. Through joint planning, clear communication, comprehensive coordination, mutual aid at all levels and increased information sharing, America's first responders can be trained and equipped to save lives in the event of a terrorist attack. Many people have visited websites which contain tributes to the events and hero’s of September 11, 2001, and one image that frequents so many sites including my own has a picture of a New York firefighter passing the U.S. Flag to a military soldier with the caption reading “will take it from here.”

The military has been fighting the war on terrorism in Afghanistan and now is preparing to disarm Iraq.  We must continue with Operation Enduring Freedom in the fight to prevent further terrorist attacks that cause such destruction and the loss of more American lives. Many people visit this wonderful site for various reasons, some visit to learn more about our firefighters, our police officers, and our emergency medical services personnel.  Some visits to learn about whom these individuals are, and others are actual members of these very special public safety services. 

Therefore there is a wide variety of views when entering the site; and American-firefighters.com provides extensive information and educational materials that assist the visitors. I too hope there war can be avoided however with the Iraqi government again not cooperating and now a new alliance with Bin Laden and al Qaeda terrorist, what options do we really have left. I do not want to see more of our brothers and sisters in the public safety field die unnecessarily. I know that these men and women will not hesitate to lay down their lives if God forbid that the Iraqi government attempts to release its chemical and biological or nuclear devices. Please keep our men and women of law enforcement, firefighter, EMS Personnel, as well as our military in your prayers.
Sources: Office of Homeland Security   FEMA   Gordon Sinclair
David D.  (Dave's EMS Headquarters)
Kentwood Michigan:  Kentwood MI Deputy Fire Chief Smith resigned Friday June 21, 2006, as Deputy Fire Chief of the Kentwood City Fire Department.  Smith a well known figure is facing charges of one count of possession of child sexually abusive material, and one count of using a computer to commit a crime.  Prior to joining the Kentwood Fire Department smith worked as a Paramedic for various West Michigan EMS Agencies, and also worked as a Paramedic-Instructor Coordinator and worked with the former Davenport College Center for Emergency Medical Services.

The charges facing Smith occurred per Kentwood Police Officials at a second job held by Smith, and after Local, and Federal officials have stated that Smith did not use city computers to view or download images of minors.  If convicted of the charges the former Deputy Fire Chief faces a minimum of eleven years in prison. 

Under Michigan Laws Smith EMS Licensure will be suspended until the resolution of the charges he faces.  Smith, worked for the department since 1978, rising through the ranks and finally making Deputy Fire Chief.  Smith was formally arraigned on Wednesday June 28, 2006 at the 63rd District court.   City of Kentwood Michigan  Fire Department Website: click here
                                                        Olympus Camera Averts Boycott
Olympus cameras have removed a commercial that had depicted Paramedics stealing a new camera based on its design.  Olympus Company officials have removed the commercial from television markets as well as its website; in addition Olympus has apologized to the EMS Community------04-28-2006

                                Two Unions Fight over 2500 AMR Medics in Northern California
AMR California Employees current contract was set to end in July 1, 2006, but that contract has now been extended through the end of July 2006.  The two unions fighting over the right to bargain for the AMR Medics consists of the Service Employees International Union which was dumped last year and the current Union National Emergency Services Association.  NEMSA is preparing to mail ballots to AMR Medics by late June 2006, asking them to ratify the first contract brokered by the new Union.  SEIU is accusing NEMSA of making proposals to Management without any AMR employee input and per SEIU claims that NEMSA has tried to make “back-door deals, with AMR’s Management. NEMSA president states the SEIU has no power to influence the current contract negotiations.  At stake our increased wages and benefits, this current proposal and upcoming membership vote will be the first big test of what NEMSA claims that they can deliver to the AMR Medics.  (Updates will be posted regarding the out come of both the vote and what it truly means for the medics who are currently paying dues to be honestly and properly represented.)

                                                                   Paramedic Shot by Patient
North Carolina-Tami Stephen a paramedic with Madison County Emergency Medical Services was shot once in the chest Sunday July 30 2006. She is listed in serious but stable condition as of Monday July 31, 2006 at Mission Hospitals in Asheville.

Joseph Boyer Candler Jr., 68, on a charge of felony assault with a deadly weapon with intent to kill or inflict serious injury. Stephen was shot after responding with fellow EMS Personnel were dispatched to a local Country Club for an individual who was losing consciousness. 

Once on scene, they found Candler intoxicated, Chandlers wife asked the EMS crew and fire department personnel to assist her and her husband into their home, as they were assisting him out of the car he pulled a pistol out of his pants pocket and fired one shot into Stephen’s chest.  Other medics and firefighters wrestled the gun away from Chandler, before he could fire any additional shots.

The Fire Chief Ledford stated that “I believe that it was the quick action of the first responders that kept other shots from being fired,” Ledford said. Police also found a Colt .380-caliber handgun and two clips Chandler’s car after the shooting.

                                                            EMT Arrested for Driving Ambulance Drunk
Monday August 1, 2006 A Kentucky Ambulance Service EMT was arrested twice within a twenty-four hour period for driving under the influence of alcohol and possession of drugs.  24 year-old Jonathan Turner an Emergency Medical Technician, was arrested on Monday July 31, 2006, after he was spotted driving an Ambulance on wrong side of the road.  After he was released on bond he was arrested again on Tuesday August 1, 2006 mid morning after nearly striking a sheriff's police car.  A passenger with Turner during the second arrest, was charged with public intoxication and drug counts.

                                                             Michigan EMT Charged with Sexual Assault
08-18-2006  Mount Clemens, MI--A 35-year-old Matt Defillippo a State of Michigan Licensed Emergency Medical Technician was charged August 17, 2006, with two counts of third-degree criminal sexual conduct and two counts of fourth-degree criminal sexual conduct.

Defillippo was employed by Superior Ambulance Service on July 25, 2006 both Defillippo and his Partner were dispatched to a hospital to transfer a 14 year old girl, to another hospital.   Defillippo is accused Defillippo sexually assaulted the girl, and is accused of fondling and kissing the 14 year old teenager.  When questioned by Michigan State Police Investigators court documents indicated that Defillippo confessed to the assault over the course of the investigation.

Michigan State Police Trooper Chris Tucky stated that "The entire situation was unusual because Defillippo was in the back of the ambulance with the girl and he shut the lights off," Tucky said. "His partner said it was unusual that his partner would be in back of the ambulance with the lights off and talking to the girl during the entire trip."  Defillippo has no prior criminal record, court documents state that the 14 year old girl was very frightened, to initially file a police report; reports  indicate she felt her actions were not completely involuntary.  Police reports and court documents bare out that quote “It doesn't matter whether the girl's actions were voluntary or not because she is 14 years old."  Defillippo is being held in the County Jail in lieu of $100,000 bond
Sources:  Macomb Daily
Macomb County42-2 District Court.
In May 2011 a Wayne County Jury Awarded a $12.5 million judgement in a lawsuit filed against a former medic "Matt DeFillippo," who was paroled in 2009.   In Addition the Jury found DeFillippo 70% responsible and his employer Michigan based "Superior Ambulance," 30%  responsible, in the Sexual assualt of a then teenage patient being transfered to another facility.                       
11-16-2006 A 35-year-old former EMT admitted Thursday November 16, 2006, that he sexually assaulted a 14-year-old female patient who was riding in the vehicle.

Matt Defillippo of St. Clair Shores pleaded guilty to third-degree criminal sexual conduct in Macomb County Circuit Court and will be sentenced Dec. 18, likely to prison time, for the July 25 incident while the ambulance was en route from Brownstown Township to New Baltimore.

Defillippo, an Emergency Medical Technician stationed in the rear of the ambulance with the victim, appeared to provide an excuse for his behavior at the hearing as he told the judge that the victim "came onto me," and added, "I did digitally stimulate her in the vaginal area." The two kissed, and he fondled and assaulted her, police said.

Assistant prosecutor Molly Zappitell said even though there may have been some voluntary behavior by the victim, at 14 she was not old enough to give consent, and was under sedation.

Michigan State Police investigated the incident after Defillippo's partner, the driver, both of Superior Ambulance in Roseville, noticed what was occurring and contacted police after arriving at Harbor Oaks Hospital on 23 Mile Road.

                                                                                         AMR SOLD
2006 American Medical Response Inc, along with EmCare a division of AMR has been sold to Onex Partners LP out of Toronto.  Onex paid a purchase price for AMR along with EmCare for an approximately $1 billion price tag. A reported equity investment consisted of approximately $270 million giving Onex a 98% ownership interest. The equity investment was funded through Onex Partners LP along with a certain portion of its limited partners.

AMR is the largest U.S. provider of ambulance transport services, which is currently operating 4,400 vehicles in more than 260 locations through out 34 states and currently employs approximately 18,200 employees. EmCare which is a leading provider of out sourced for hospital emergency department physicians along with staffing and management services in the United States. EmCare presently has contracts with over 300 hospitals in 38 states which employ an approximate 4,100 employees and clinicians.  This is the fourth investment in healthcare Onex has completed since the beginning of 2004 Laccoring to a February press release by Onex.  There is currently no indication of change in services or employee status.

                                                                                                                              Paramedic Recovering
Kyla Wilson a Paramedic seriously injured in a traffic accident earlier this month says she's focusing on her recovery.  Her Partner Eric Hansen died as a result of injuries sustained in the accident.   Wilson in a statement stated "My thoughts and sympathies are with the families of Troy McVey and Paramedic Eric Hanson. I am very appreciative of the support I have gotten from my family, friends, co-workers, and the EMS community."

Wilson announced her plans to return to her duties as a paramedic as soon as she is able.
09-22-2006--An emergency medical technician facing murder charges continued to work for a local ambulance company after she was convicted of stealing $900 from a patient. Lisa L. Upchurch, 39, of Flint is charged with killing her boyfriend Sept. 6. Police said she was jealous that he got a cell phone call from another woman while she was with him.

Until her arrest last week, Upchurch worked for Regional EMS in Flint Township despite a felony conviction that could have cost Upchurch her EMT license. But state officials never took action against her because she never informed them that she had been convicted.  "We rely on them to be honest," said Robin Shivley, who oversees EMT licensing for the state Department of Community Health.

Although state law requires EMT’s to disclose criminal convictions when they renew their license, the state doesn't do its own criminal checks.  If it had done so, the state would have found out that Upchurch failed to tell the state she was on probation for cashing a $900 check that emptied the bank account of a woman who needed an ambulance three years ago in Fenton.

Police records show Upchurch was working for DVA Ambulance in March 2003 when she was sent to help a woman who had fallen.

After taking the woman to Hurley Medical Center, Upchurch claimed the woman asked her to call the bank and check her account balances.  Upchurch later told police the woman wrote her a check for $900 and said she returned to the hospital the next day and gave the woman the cash.

The woman, however, denied writing the check and told police the signature on the check was forged.  Upchurch pleaded guilty to an attempted bad check charge and was given 2 years' probation and ordered to repay the $900. DVA officials declined to comment.

An official at Regional EMS said the company was unaware of the 2003 incident, even though the court in July ordered Regional to withhold $20 from Upchurch's paychecks to satisfy the money she still owed in the case. "I don't know why we didn't know," said Regional operations manager Greg Chittle.

The state opened an investigation into the allegations but closed it in January 2005 - four months before Upchurch pleaded guilty to charges brought by the Genesee County prosecutor's office.  Shivley said the investigation was closed because two years had passed without a conviction.

The state would likely have taken a stern view of Upchurch's conviction, particularly because it involved theft of money from a vulnerable patient. "We look at those types of things very strongly," said Shivley. It wasn't the first time Upchurch had been in trouble for fraud.

She was sentenced to 1-5 years in prison in 1991 for an attempted bad check charge in Genesee County but was able to obtain an EMT license from the state in 1999. Regional knew about the earlier conviction after she passed a criminal background check when she was first hired several years ago, said Chittle.

"She had a clean record since 1993, so we took that into consideration," said Chittle. Who also stated that people should not be concerned the next time they need an ambulance. Stating that "we all do background checks and take the utmost precaution," said Chittle.

There are about 320 licensed ambulance personnel in Genesee County and nearly 30,000 statewide. The state has taken action against 48 licenses this year. (2006)  "To me, that's a significant amount," said Shivley, adding that the state is taking a harder look at licensees.

A local official agrees the state has been cracking down in the past year but said part of the problem is that private ambulance companies have different hiring standards. The state does not require ambulance companies to do background checks.

"Criminal backgrounds should be included in hiring practices," said Bruce Trevithick, executive director of Genesee County Medical Control Authority. Upchurch is being held in the Genesee County Jail and has been placed on administrative leave by Regional EMS.

The State’s Department of Community Health is working with the State Attorney General's Office to obtain an emergency order to suspend Upchurch's EMT license pending the outcome of her current criminal case.

(Editorial will be posted to the EMS Information Page regarding this and other mistakes made by State EMS and Contractual Agencies failures that place EMS Personnel and Patients at risk.  Watch for notification of upload.)

                                                                        Paramedic's Families receive Donation
In late October 2006 the families of two Paramedics received some much needed assistance this week from two 100 Clubs.

A check for $10,000 was delivered to the family of Marble Falls paramedic Eric Hansen, who was killed in a head-on collision while driving an ambulance October 10. Money was also given to another Paramedic, Kayla Floyd, who is recovering from severe injuries suffered in the same crash.

The Paramedics were traveling Highway 71 after delivering a patient to an Austin hospital.

A 100 Club is a charitable organization that helps families of first responders nationwide who are killed or critically injured in the line of duty.

"We find out where their needs might be. They might need a mortgage paid off... they may need a car paid off... or maybe they may just need to get rid of a car. Or maybe they need legal assistance with wills or financial assistance," said Ginger MacMicking, 100 Club executive vice president.

The money was made possible by a joint effort of the 100 Club of Central Texas and the Hill Country 100 Club.

If you'd like to make a donation to the Hill Country 100 Club you can send it to: P.O. Box 381, Burnet Texas, 78611.
                                                                               EMS Helicopter Crash
Devore, CA A Bell 412 utility helicopter, operated by Denver-based Air Methods Corp.'s Mercy Air Services, crashed about 6 pm on Sunday, December 10, 2006.  It was en route to its base in Victorville and crashed near the city of Hesperia after it had just dropped off an injured person at a hospital.

The crash may have been caused due to foggy weather in the Cajon Pass. The helicopter crashed and burned 55 miles northeast of Los Angeles killing the pilot, a paramedic and a nurse. The identities of the three people aboard have not yet been released.
                                                                     New NHTSA Office of EMS
The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) announced in February of 2006 the creation of a new office, (The Office of Emergency Medical Services EMS). Recognizing the consistent and long-standing contribution of the EMS program and its increasing responsibilities, NHTSA purpose is to elevate the stature of the EMS Division matching Emergency Medical Services continuing expanding role.

The new Office of EMS will report to the Associate Administrator for Program Development and Delivery, “Marilena Amoni,” and will continue its mission to reduce death and disability by providing leadership and coordination of comprehensive, evidence-based emergency medical services and 9-1-1 systems.

This National EMS office, will work closer in coordination with its Federal partners, and will serve its constituents with a coordinated, consensus-based process to reinforce the vital role of the EMS community in shaping and forging its future.

With a vision of universal and quality emergency medical care leading to optimal patient outcomes, the Office of EMS primary function will be to improve all aspects of EMS systems, at the Local, State, and National level.

With its Federal and National partners, and through management of the statutorily created Federal Interagency Committee on EMS (FICEMS), this National EMS office will continue to provide the EMS community with a mechanism for ongoing Federal coordination of EMS programs. 

If you have any questions or need more information, please contact Mr. Drew Dawson, at (202) 366-9966.

Additional Contact Data
Drew E. Dawson, Acting Director
Office of Emergency Medical Services     FEBRUARY 16-2006
National Highway Traffic Safety Administration
400 7th ST. SW (NTI-140)
Washington, D.C. 20590
202 366-9966 (Voice)
202 366-7721 (Fax)
                            Chatham-Kent Paramedic Killed responding to Call
Feb 26, 2007 A Sun Parlour Emergency Medical Services Paramedic Paul W. Patterson was killed Sunday morning February 25, 2007, when his Rapid Response Unit crashed while responding to an accident in the Blenheim area.  A memorial page has been setup and can be found on this site's Line of Duty Page. "GO"

Detroit man takes Medics Hostage
01-03-2007  A 30-year-old Detroit Michigan man took two EMS Medics and a neighbor who came to check on his well being hostage.  Norman Dorise called 911 at 3:15 p.m. indicating that he had suffered an injury to his leg.  An EMS unit and two Medics were dispatched to the home.

When the Medics entered the home, Dorise pulled a gun on them, as well as a neighbor who came to the house.  The three were held at gunpoint.  Detroit Police were notified and responded; eventually police talked Dorise into releasing both the Medics and neighbor.  However a short time later Dorise; existed his residence brandishing the gun and then pointing the gun at Police. 

Officers on scene ordered the suspect to put down the weapon when he failed to do as told police officers were forced to fire striking Dorise several times in the buttocks, arms and pelvic regions.

Wayne County Prosecutor Kym L. Worthy on Wednesday charged Norman Dorise of Detroit with three counts of kidnapping; one count of extortion; three counts of assault with intent to commit a felony; six counts of felonious assault; five counts of assault and resisting and obstructing a police officer and one count of felony firearm in connection with the New Year's Day 2007 incident.

If Dorise is convicted of kidnapping which carries a maximum penalty of up to life in prison in Michigan, in addition the other charges could result in a total of 38 years behind bars.

This story will continue to be updated.
Sources: The Detroit News
Medic from Agency
         Detroit MI Paramedic Shot
01-07-2007:  A Paramedic was shot while on Saturday January 06, 2007 in the Line of Duty.
The Medic was confronted by a man who robbed and shot him in the arm, according to local police.  The wounded medics name has not yet been released was transported to Sinai Grace Hospital where he remains in serious condition. The suspect has been described as a black man, 6 feet tall with a medium complexion. He was last seen wearing a ski mask, dark-colored jeans and a gray-hooded sweatshirt.
Police continue to investigate.

                       American Medical Response Paramedic Police Officer Stabbed
03-19-2007 New Haven, Connecticut:  Emergency officials responding to a psychologically unstable, weapon-bearing 18-year-old on Saturday March 17, 2007, emerged from the situation with minor wounds, but no shots fired. A Paramedic from American Medical Response approached to help, the male teen wielded scissors and stabbed the medic in the neck. Police Officer Edwin Dejesus came onto the scene, at which point the teen tried to grab his gun from the holster, according to police.

Several officers stepped in and were able to "contain" the teenager, who remains in the hospital under psych watch and under arrest for assaulting a medical technician, among other charges. The officer and the medic were treated and released from St. Raphael's Hospital with minor injuries.

                  Female AMR Paramedic Critical Following Accident
California City of Oakley 04-16-2007- An AMR Ambulance responding to a call and operating with it’s lights and siren activated was involved in a collision after a pickup truck turned left at an intersection directly in the path of the Ambulance.  The Driver of the Ambulance attempted to avoid a collision with the pickup truck, however the Unit struck its front corner panel.  The AMR Ambulance lost control, and ended up in a near by ditch, the pickup was spun several times.

Fire crews responded to the scene and had to extricate the 81 year old driver.  In addition an AMR female Paramedic on the passenger side also had to be extricated by fire crews.  Both the AMR Paramedic and the pickup driver were flown in critical conditions to the local trauma unit.  The Paramedic driving the unit was not injured in the collision and rendered aid to both his partner as well as the driver of the pickup before additional units arrived on scene.  Per AMR personnel the accident occurred at approximately 8:30am Monday April 16, 2007.  A second unit was dispatched to the original call.
                                        Paramedics under Investigation for Porn on Work Computer
Austin-Travis County Emergency Medical Services officials are investigating about a dozen paramedics, including two commanders, suspected of visiting pornographic Web sites on city computers while on duty.
Officials demoted two commanders Monday and suspended them without pay for two weeks. They said some paramedics probably will be fired at disciplinary hearings this week.
"This is a very unusual, embarrassing situation, and we are going to deal with it," Assistant City Manager Mike McDonald said. "We don't expect this type of behavior from any of our employees."
Chebon Tiger, president of the Austin-Travis County EMS Employee Association, said he is not aware of the specifics of the investigation. He said his association "regrets the damage this situation causes to the trust that the public has placed in us."  Officials said they spent the weekend reviewing Internet logs to determine which Web sites paramedics had visited, how often they visited them and how long they stayed on the sites.
Some employees seemed to have spent hours at a time viewing a mix of hard- and soft-core pornographic materials on computers throughout the system's 30 stations, McDonald and EMS director Richard Herrington said.
No employees accessed illegal sites, including those offering child pornography, they said.
Herrington said most of the viewing seemed to have occurred during paramedics' down time, when they are between calls and are allowed to cook, sleep or watch television.
Each EMS station has at least one computer with Internet access, which the system's more than 400 paramedics frequently use to access medical training sites or check dispatch records.
Herrington said computer technicians last month began scrutinizing Internet access among paramedics to determine peak usage times and to spot-check sites they were visiting.
The technicians noticed that some paramedics had logged onto Web sites with names that appeared to be pornographic, he said.  Herrington said he asked the technicians for a list of paramedics who seemed to have accessed objectionable sites during the past six months, the maximum period such records are available.
                                       Paramedics under Investigation for Porn on Work Computer
EMS officials later learned that some of the sites were not pornographic and eliminated some paramedics from the investigation.  However, others sites were pornographic, Herrington said. "I was disappointed," he said. "They know absolutely it is inappropriate and not tolerated by the city and this department."

Herrington would not release the names of the demoted commanders until the paperwork was processed by human resources officials.  McDonald said city policy prohibits employees from accessing objectionable Web sites, and employees are encouraged to use the Internet only for work-related business.

City technicians try to block employee access to pornographic sites, but officials said sites are created or existing sites are altered more quickly than technicians can block them.
                                                                   Michigan Ambulance Accident
03-05-2007  A registered nurse and a hospital patient died Monday afternoon in a traffic accident involving an ambulance and logging truck on U.S. 41 in Skandia Township in the County of Escanaba Michigan

A Rampart EMS ambulance transporting Carrie Roberts, 38, Escanaba, from OSF St. Francis Hospital to Marquette General Hospital rear-ended an empty logging truck which was stopped on the northbound shoulder about 3:00 p.m. Monday February 05 2007

The truck, driven by Ronald Constantino, 67, belonged to Kanerva Forest Products. According to state police, Constantino was waiting for traffic to clear before attempting a wide right turns into a private driveway.

Roberts and Lisa Hanson, 32, a registered nurse at OSF, were both killed in the accident. The Medic driving the ambulance, Natalia Jauquet, 25, and her Partner Ryan Peterson, 29, Bark River, were transported to Marquette General Hospital, the truck driver was uninjured.

OSF representatives said Roberts was being transferred to MGH in serious condition, and Hanson was needed during the transfer due to the level of care Roberts required.  Hanson had worked for OSF since 1996 as an emergency nurse, and is survived by her husband, Scott, and three children.

Jauquet is currently being treated in the intensive care unit at MGH. Peterson was treated and released.  According to state police, the immediate factors in the crash are unknown.

State troopers were assisted at the scene by Marquette General EMS, Skandia-West Branch Township Fire and First Responders, Forsyth Township Police Department, Marquette County Sheriff’s Department, and the Marquette County Road Commission.
                                                    Michigan Medic may face charges in March Accident
April 04, 2007  Police say they will seek charges of negligent homicide against the Medic Natalia Jauquet, 25 who was operating an ambulance which struck a logging truck in March 2007, that result in the deaths of an E.R. nurse and the patient she and her partner were transferring to another hospital.

The decision on whether to pursue charges will be made by the Marquette County prosecutor.

According to the Michigan State Police accident report and reconstruction of the accident EMT Natalia Jauquet, 25, of Gladstone, was driving a Rampart ambulance when it crashed on March 5 in Skandia Township in the Upper Peninsula of Michigan.

The recommendations on police reports, recommend the pursuit of criminal charges, police using reconstruction evidence as well as witness statements confirm that Jauquet was operating the ambulance at the time of the collision.

Michigan State Police have repeatedly requested interviews with Jauquet, but her attorney said she will not allow her to talk to investigators according to Trooper Robert O’Conner of the Negaunee State Police Post.

Officials are hopeful an interview scheduled for today with the attending medic Ryan Peterson, 29, of Bark River, will result in shedding new information they need to determine who was driving the ambulance.

Peterson a Paramedic survived the crash along with Jauquet.  Police report indicates he was in the back of the ambulance when the crash occurred.

Trooper O’Conner stated “I’m hoping that Ryan Peterson has a clear recollection up to the collision and he’s able to tell us what happened,” said. “So far we have no accounts from anyone in the ambulance.”

State police also plan to interview today two witnesses who were in a vehicle traveling behind the ambulance when the accident happened, he said.

While transporting a patient from St. Francis Hospital in Escanaba on the afternoon of March 5, the ambulance collided into a semi that was pulled over on the side of U.S. 41. Killed in the accident were Lisa Hanson, 32, of Cornell, a registered nurse, and Carrie Roberts, 38, of Escanaba, a patient in serious condition being transported to Marquette General Hospital

The Medic driving, was listed as Jauquet, also an emergency medical technician, (EMT) and Peterson were injured in the accident and transported to Marquette General. Peterson was treated and released. Jauquet was admitted to the intensive care unit. No other information is being released on Jauquet, per her family’s request, according to hospital officials.

The truck driver, Ron Constantino, 67, of Brampton, was not injured in the crash.

State police have completed an accident reconstruction analysis last week concluding the Medic driving the ambulance was at fault, O’Conner said. He did not know when police would be submitting a report to the Marquette County prosecutor for consideration of the negligent homicide charges. Negligent homicide is a high court misdemeanor carrying a maximum punishment of two years imprisonment and a $2,000 fine.

O’Connor stated that if Peterson “gives us information that he was in the back with the two that were killed and Jauquet was driving,” the report could be submitted to the prosecutor “as early as Monday,” he said.

“Without that information, we’re forced to wait on evidence from the ambulance.”

Such evidence includes an analysis of blood and body fluids from the driver’s side, O’Conner said. DNA testing could take several months.

The Marquette County Prosecuting Attorney Gary Walker said Tuesday March 13, 2007, that he had not yet received anything from Michigan State Police.  He did say he has been in contact with the State Police post but did not know if police would be pursuing any criminal charges in connection with the accident.
                                                           Medic Quits Investigation Continues
03-15-2007  A Medic is accused of writing his phone number along patient's panty line as she was being treated for a seizure.

A Lockhart Emergency Medical Services employee resigned Thursday in the midst of an investigation into whether he had written his phone number along a female patient's panty line as she was being treated for a seizure.

The medic stated “that it was at her request," the city began investigating the complaint against John Lopez on Thursday, City Manager Vance Rodgers said. Lopez resigned a short time later.

Lockhart EMS serves about 25,000 people; its coverage area includes the city and the northern two-thirds of Caldwell County, which is bordered by Hays, Travis and Bastrop counties. Lockhart lacks a community hospital, so patients are taken to Luling, San Marcos and Austin when necessary
                                                      Medics and Firefighters Ambushed and Attacked
Ohio--Paramedic David Mordarski, 32, was cut near his eye by flying glass two men went on a rampage Friday April 13, 2007, in addition firefighter Ray Ruffin was slightly hurt with a bat after they came under attack. 

As a result of the attack both emergency vehicles involved had to be taken out of service, which means the vandalism is a felony rather than a misdemeanor, police said.  According to police the Medics and Firefighters were sent to a call indicating that a car had hit a pedestrian. Upon arrival and after finding any accident they began to leave when two men attacked their vehicles.  This is the second time paramedics have been attacked in recent months. Two bricks were thrown through the windshield of a rescue squad vehicle five months ago.
                                                  Female AMR Paramedic Critical Following Accident
California City of Oakley 04-16-2007- An AMR Ambulance responding to a call and operating with it’s lights and siren activated was involved in a collision after a pickup truck turned left at an intersection directly in the path of the Ambulance.  The Driver of the Ambulance attempted to avoid a collision with the pickup truck, however the Unit struck its front corner panel.  The AMR Ambulance lost control, and ended up in a near by ditch, the pickup was spun several times.

Fire crews responded to the scene and had to extricate the 81 year old driver.  In addition an AMR female Paramedic on the passenger side also had to be extricated by fire crews.  Both the AMR Paramedic and the pickup driver were flown in critical conditions to the local trauma unit.  The Paramedic driving the unit was not injured in the collision and rendered aid to both his partner as well as the driver of the pickup before additional units arrived on scene.  Per AMR personnel the accident occurred at approximately 8:30am Monday April 16, 2007.  A second unit was dispatched to the original call.
                                               Prosecutor declines Charges in Rampart EMS Accident
The Medic driving at the time of a March 5, 2007 accident that took the lives of a registered Nurse and a patient who was being transferred from one hospital to another is not to be charged.

EMT Natalia Jauquet, 25, Gladstone, Michigan, who was seriously injured as a result of the accident, has refused through her attorney to cooperate with Michigan State Police Investigators ever since the accident.  Her partner who was also riding in the patient compartment Paramedic Ryan Peterson, 29, Bark River, Michigan received minor injuries when the Marquette General Hospital Rampart Ambulance, with Jauquet driving.

Michigan State Police requested interviews several time with Jauquet, who declined through her attorney to cooperate.  State Police reconstructed the accident as well as interviewing the driver whose logging truck and trailer pulled far to the right and stopped making room for the fast approaching ambulance, in addition Investigators spoke with Ryan Petersen.

This week Michigan State Police turned over the results of their investigation along with a recommendation to the Prosecutor the driver of the ambulance Medic Natalia Jauquet face charges of negligent homicide, which in Michigan is a high court misdemeanor that carries a maximum punishment of two years imprisonment and a $2,000 fine.

Marquette County Prosecutor Gary Walker stated on Wednesday April 18, 2007, that he will not pursue or authorize criminal charges.  Despite the fact that 2 people lost their lives in an avoidable accident per reconstruction, witnesses account of speed at the time of the accident despite weather conditions and road conditions that were to hazardous for the manner in which the ambulance was being operated. 

The Marquette Mining Journal quoted Prosecutor Gary Walker as stating that “There is little likelihood in my experience that there would have been a conviction,” he said. “If that’s the case, there is no reason to put the defendant through a criminal trial or for the taxpayers to foot the bill for a criminal trial.”

Killed as the result of the accident where Lisa Hanson, 32, Cornell, a registered nurse, and the patient Carrie Roberts, 38, Escanaba who was being transferred to Marquette General Hospital from another hospital.
                                             Mackinac Bridge jumper's body Recovered
St. Ignace MI- Aug 10, 2007 - Authorities say they’ve recovered the body of a woman who jumped from the Mackinac Bridge Thursday afternoon.  The unidentified woman's body was located in the water about two miles west of the bridge, authorities said.

Police say despite attempts to talk the woman down, she jumped from the bridge's south tower about 3:50 p.m., falling 175 feet into the Straits of Mackinac.  She was pronounced dead at a U.S. Coast Guard station in St. Ignace.It's the Mackinac Bridge's second jumping fatality this year, and one of more than a dozen in the bridge's 50-year history.
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                                Three killed in Helicopter Crash in North Alabama
December 30, 2007  Ala. A helicopter searching for a lost hunter in north Alabama crashed early Sunday morning, killing all three people on board, said officials with the Missouri-based company that owns the aircraft.

The cause of the crash is being investigated, said Jeff Davis, a manager with West Plains-based Air Evac EMS Inc. The helicopter went down sometime after 3 a.m., he said.  The company has not released the names of the victims, a company spokeswoman said.

The hunter was found at around the time of the crash by Colbert County authorities who were conducting the primary search, said Sheriff Ronnie May, who did not identify the hunter.  May said the search for the hunter began after he disappeared after dark on Saturday in the Freedom Hills Wildlife Management Area, a 31,572-acre state hunting preserve.

May said the area is rural and heavily wooded. The hunter did not have life-threatening injuries and was transported to Keller Hospital in Sheffield, Ala.  May said the FAA is on scene conducting an investigation of the crash and that the National Transportation and Safety Board is en route. 
Killed were Killed in the crash were Pilot Michael Baker and Emergency Medical Technicians Allan Bragwell, 40, and Tiffany Miles, 29, both of Florence
                                 9-11-01 ATTACK TAKES ANOTHER MEDIC
12-01-2007  An EMS worker who spent more than 100 hours at the site of the World Trade Center following the September 11th terrorist attacks was laid to rest.  Mourners gathered at the Holy Child Church on Staten Island Saturday to attend the funeral for Lieutenant Brian Ellicott, an EMS worker who was diagnosed in September with non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma.

"He loved his job,” said co-worker Captain Jackie Sullivan. “He loved saving people's lives. He loved being out there in the field and he loved working to help people. It didn't matter whether it was a fire or a car accident. He knew what he was going into and he loved it."  The 14-year veteran of the FDNY had his worker’s compensation claim denied by the city's Law Department.

"We thought the city would be here for us and they are not," said EMS union President Thomas Eppinger.  Eppinger and many others who believe Brian Ellicott’s death is tied to 9/11, say they will fight to make sure his family receives full benefits – even though right now there is no concrete link between the EMS worker’s death and his work at the WTC site. 

"Brian's family is receiving minimal, minimal monetary award from his pension fund and this is a family that needs their house and needs food on the table, and we are not asking a lot," he said. "The Law Department isn't acknowledging any cases that are Trade Center-related. It's a fight."  Union leaders say that Ellicott's claim package submitted by the Fire Department was incomplete Fire officials say his family is eligible to reapply.
                                     Detroit Area Medic kills wife, Shoots Son Commits Suicide
What began as a fatal shooting on Detroit's east side, turned into a manhunt in Sterling Heights and ended with a suicide in downtown Detroit.  The couple -- LaDora Gibson, 38, and -- were headed to a relative's home in Detroit when Anthony Gibson shot his wife, killing her, police said.

Anthony Gibson, 41, a Detroit Emergency Medical Technician, (EMT) shot his wife, LaDora Gibson, 38, killing her, police said.  Anthony Gibson also shot his 9-year-old son, although police said that shooting appears to have been accidental. The boy is in temporary serious condition.  That shooting occurred at Saratoga and Kelly on Saturday night.

Detroit police notified the Sterling Heights Michigan Police Department, who then surrounded the Gibson home.  Police using bullhorns attempted to reach Gibson.  SWAT team member later made entry into the Gibson home, and found that Gibson wasn't there.

On Sunday November 25, 2007, at approximately 9:45 a.m. discovered Gibson’s had committed suicide while parked outside a home on Nicolet Place.  Deputy Chief Joyce Motley of the Detroit Police Eastern District, where the first shooting occurred stated police were investigating and did not have any leads to what lead to the shootings.
                                                                     Emergency Medical Technician Saves Partner
01-25-2008  An Emergency Medical Technician dragged her injured partner away from a wreck just before it burst into flames Friday morning, a Texas trooper said.  It all started around 6:45 a.m. about a mile north of Texarkana on U.S. Highway 71 when an ambulance carrying a pregnant woman crashed into the rear of a flatbed tractor-trailer rig.   The patient and ambulance crew survived without life-threatening injuries but only after a heroic rescue of paramedic Julie Pate, said Trooper Stephen W. Munger of the Texas Department of Public Safety.  Moments after the collision, 26-year-old Reba Suiter, an EMT who had been driving the ambulance, saw Pate, 25, lying underneath the tractor-trailer rig. Suiter smelled diesel fuel.

Pate had been thrown out of the side door of the ambulance during the collision with the tractor-trailer driven by Stuart Haywood, 35, of Jacksonville, Fla. Pate had unbuckled herself to check on the pregnant patient, Kimberly Hendrix, 23, of Ashdown, Ark., said Munger.   “Rena saw her partner underneath the trailer of the semi. Rena smelled diesel and got to her partner,” Munger said. “She drags her (partner) away from t... Staff photo by Evan Lewis A LifeNet ambulance hit an 18-wheeler on southbound U.S. Highway 71 about a mile north of Texarkana, Texas, Friday morning. The LifeNet crew and a pregnant Ashdown woman escaped the crash without life-threatening injuries.
                         National EMS Memorial Service announces the National EMS Memorial Project
12-2007 Oilville, VA - The National EMS Memorial Service today announced the kick-off of the "National EMS Memorial Project." The goal of this project is to build a permanent, outdoor "Tree of Life" memorial to honor those EMS providers who have made the ultimate sacrifice and given their lives in the line of duty.

While the groundwork for this effort has been ongoing for more than 2 years now, the recent closing of the To The Rescue Museum in Roanoke, Virginia, which housed the Service's memorial exhibit, "The Tree of Life," and the uncertainty regarding it's future, have made this matter a priority for the organization.

"Our previous efforts centered around defining the criteria for the location, with our focus being on the families of our honorees. The Memorial exists for many reasons, primarily to honor our fallen comrades, but the families of these brave men and women are always in the forefront of our decision making process." said Kevin Agard, the project's chairman and National EMS Memorial Service Board Member. "Our site selection criteria was developed to assure attending the Service is as easy as possible for the families, friends and co-workers of our honorees."

Because the Project wishes to move as rapidly as possible, with an eye to a 2010 unveiling, this effort will be conducted in 4 phases, with the first 2 phases running concurrently:
1.Identify and acquire a suitable tract of land for the Memorial.
2.Design concept solicitation and selection.
The National EMS Memorial Project seeks the assistance of the national EMS community in bringing this project to fruition. Committees will be formed to achieve the goals of each of the phases listed above. Anyone interested in serving on one or more of these committees is asked to contact Kevin Agard at 201-896-3862 or pio(at)nemsms.org.
Other stakeholders and interested parties may keep up to date by visiting our web site at http://memorial.nemsms.org
And/or by joining the Project's mailing list by sending a blank email to memorial-subscribe (at) nemsms.org
Those wishing to submit a location for consideration as the new home of the National EMS Memorial and the National EMS Memorial Service keep the following criteria in mind:

1Within a 60 minute drive of a major hub airport.
2Location suitable for quite reflection and remembrance.
3Within 10- 15 minutes of large hotel(s).
4Reasonably level and "accessible" property.
5House(s) of worship nearby.
6Reasonable access to utilities (electricity, water, sewage)
In addition to the above, any location seeking consideration should also have significant support from the local EMS community. The National EMS Memorial Service relies heavily on the local EMS community for the volunteers necessary to carry out the annual Memorial Service.
The U.S. Senate unanimously passed S.R. 215, a resolution sponsored by U.S. Sen. Wayne Allard (R-Colo.) that designates September 25th as National First Responder Day. The bi-partisan resolution was co-sponsored by 30 of Allard's Senate colleagues.

"First responders in Colorado and across the country regularly risk their lives to protect property, uphold the law and save the lives of others," said Senator Allard. "I am proud that so many of my Senate colleagues have joined me in this effort to recognize our first
responders by designating September 25th as National First Responder Appreciation Day to honor the contributions, sacrifices and dedication  to public service made every day by first responders."

The resolution passed the Senate June 21, 2007 and has received support from a variety of first responder organizations.

When tragedy strikes a community, first responders always answer the call," said Ronald Graton, President of the Colorado State Fire Fighters' Association. "Our hearts go out to the Charleston, S.C. community and the families of the firefighters who lost their lives this week serving their fellow citizens and we are always reminded that there is never enough we can do to thank the public servants who make the ultimate sacrifice in the line of duty. Having Senator Allard work to set aside a national day of recognition for first responders is something special. On behalf of the 157 fire departments and more than
4,500 firefighters in Colorado, and the thousands of firefighters and first responders across the nation, I'd like to express my gratitude and support for this important effort."

"The service and sacrifice of America's public safety professionals is too often taken for granted," said Craig W. Floyd, Chairman and CEO of the National Law Enforcement Officers Memorial Fund. "Each year, hundreds of law enforcement officers, firefighters and other first responders are killed in the performance of duty, and many others are
injured. We owe all of these men and women, and their families, a huge debt of gratitude. Senator Allard is to be commended for his leadership in giving our public safety professionals the support and appreciation that they need and deserve."

"It's gratifying to see the contributions of emergency medical services responders recognized in a National First Responder Appreciation Day," said National Association of Emergency Medical Technicians President Jerry Johnston. "EMT’s and paramedics everywhere are a vital part of the first response team but often overlooked for recognition. We applaud this effort and encourage the nation to take advantage of this opportunity to acknowledge the selfless work of all emergency medical services responders, regardless of the agency, organization or service they represent."
                                                  Firefighter/Paramedic Killed at Wendy’s shooting
West Palm Beach Fla-03-03-2008 A 60-year-old handyman in a jacket, tie and baseball cap walked into a Wendy's on Monday and headed straight for the bathroom. He came out trembling, brandishing a 9 mm handgun.

Without a word, authorities say, Alburn Edward Blake shot a paramedic waiting at the counter in the back, point blank, killing him. He slowly turned to his left and kept firing, wounding four more people in the restaurant and emptying at least one clip before killing himself with a gunshot to the head.

"This was not a robbery. He didn't demand anything," said Paul Miller, a Palm Beach County sheriff's spokesman. "Looks like this was just another random shooting like we've seen around the United States."

Except, perhaps for one tragic twist. The man Blake gunned down, Palm Beach County Fire-Rescue Lt. Rafael Vazquez, who had met his family during a break from on-duty training session--Lt. Rafael Vazquez had left the restaurant with his wife and 4-year-old son and their food before the shooting started. The 42-year-old had come back because his son's kids meal had the wrong toy, authorities said.  Vazquez, a paramedic, had met his wife and child at the restaurant. A colleague was in the same restaurant when the shooting occurred Vazquez had been attending a course called "Strategy and Tactics" after being promoted in January 2008.
                                                     Former Paramedic convicted in sexual assault
Standish, Mich. 2/2/2008  A former paramedic has been convicted of sexually assaulting a teenager injured in a traffic accident.  An Arenac County jury found David Spresny guilty Thursday of third-degree criminal sexual conduct, a 15-year felony.

The 42-year-old Spresny was sentenced on March 5, 2008.  Then Paramedic Spresny was arrested in July of 2007 after a 15-year-old female patient reported that she had been molested while strapped to a backboard in the ambulance which was taking her to a Standish Michigan hospital.
                                                             U.S.Navy Medic Billed After Helping Patient
Jackson Michigan –April 12, 2008, A Navy medic who stopped to calm a woman whose husband was having a heart attack — and helped an ambulance crew perform CPR on the man en route to a hospital — ended up with a $60 towing bill.  Hospital Corpsman 3rd Class Tim Moore was driving on Interstate 94 near Jackson on April 2 when he saw an ambulance parked along the eastbound lane.

He said he pulled over to try to help calm the woman, who was near the ambulance. When the rescuers learned of Moore's medical training, they asked if he would help administer CPR on the way to Foote Hospital.  "I pulled over in a bit of a hurry," said Moore, who since has returned to Camp Lejeune, N.C. "Of course, when they asked me to do CPR, I just locked the truck and didn't really think about moving it."

The man died in the emergency room.  When Moore returned to the side of the interstate two hours later, the truck was missing. It turns out the truck — parked partly over the white line marking the side of the road — was considered a travel hazard and towed.

Jackson County Undersheriff Tom Finco said deputies tried to call Moore before the tow but got no answer at the number they had on record. The charge was levied by the towing company.  "It's very unfortunate he stopped to do a good deed and that's what happened," Finco said, "but we definitely don't want his vehicle left there and hit by another car traveling down the ramp."  Moore said he was a little upset at the time., he now says: "It's only $60."
                                                            EMT Bonnie Ames
04-29-2008 Rockland EMT Bonnie Ames remained critical but stable condition today at Westchester Medical Center.  And supporters hope that the New York Mets can bring a smile to her face Tuesday April 29, 2008, with a hospital news conference featuring the team's mascot, "Mr. Met," and others were promoting EMT Day in her honor on May 13.  Proceeds from the game will go toward Ames recovery. Her right arm was amputated and a vertebrae in the neck was fractured earlier this month when a Regional EMT ambulance hit a truck parked on Route 59 in West Nyack.

Ames, 20, was in the passenger seat, when that side of the vehicle was sheared off. Raymond Florida, executive director of Regional EMS and Rockland Paramedic Services, said today that she remained in ICU. He said the positive news is Ames' parents are looking at rehabilitation hospitals like Helen Hayes in Rockland for her.  Tickets for the May 13 game at Shea can be purchased at http://mets.com/groups. The sign-in ID is EMS and the password is METS. Donations for Ames can be made at www.rps10-13.com.
                                Medic Shot While Transporting Shooting Victim
East St. Louis –Update-May 22, 2008:  Paramedic continues to recover after he was shot twice on an Illinois Interstate.  His partner is credited with saving both his life and the life of the patient being transported.  Late Monday night, Paramedic Patrick Bierman was transporting a shooting victim when he was fired upon, police said.  A car approached the ambulance on the driver's side of the ambulance and opened fire, State Police indicate.

Bierman was struck twice in the arm and chest, but was able to pull over the ambulance. His partner was able to stabilize him, as well as the patient. Then he took the wheel and raced everyone to the hospital. Bierman was then airlifted to another hospital in St. Louis.

A car approached the ambulance on the driver's side of the ambulance and opened fire, State Police indicate.

Bierman was struck twice in the arm and chest, but was able to pull over the ambulance. His partner was able to stabilize him, as well as the patient. Then he took the wheel and raced everyone to the hospital. Bierman was then airlifted to another hospital in St. Louis.

The bullet entering the Medics arm, then entered his chest, but he may have to live with the bullet in his chest because it lodged too close to his aorta to take it out.  Bierman’s co-workers are now more concerned regarding their safety as well as Bierman’s medical status.  Illinois State Police continue their search for the shooters.

MEDStar Ambulance Owner Charlie Kelley was quoted this week as stating "You know we hear about these things that happen in a war zone some where, Iraq or Iran, and you don't think of it happening at home."

                                                      Air Medical Helicopter Accident Injures 3
Phoenix, AZ Three people were injured when a Air Evac medical helicopter crashed Friday morning June 27, 2008 in Phoenix County Yavapai.
The pilot, a nurse and a paramedic were on board after they had flown out of the Prescott Airport to pick up a patient.

As the helicopter was landing, there was an “incident,” `The aircraft made a hard landing on the ground. There was no patient on board.  All three members of the flight crew survived.   The crash occurred around 04:00 a.m., approximately 100 yards off Highway 89 near Ash Fork.

Rescuers on the ground immediately pulled out and treated the crew members who were than transported to a local hospital. At least one crew member was listed in critical condition, the other two were listed as stable.
The National Transportation Safety Board is currently investigating the latest in a series of Medical helicopter crashes.
                                                     2 Medical Helicopters Collide in Flagstaff AZ 7 Killed 
                             Sunday June 29, 2008   the helicopters crashed around 3:45 p.m. in a wooded area near a neighborhood
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                                       South Bend EMS & Fire threatened by a Angry & Hostile Group
07-22-2008 South Bend Indiana, They are the people we count on every day, especially if we are hurt or in danger.

But sometimes emergency crews can fall into danger themselves.  Around 1:30 Tuesday morning, a South Bend EMS and fire crew had to call for police back-up after responding to a call on Laurel Court.

EMS workers were able to get their patient out of the situation, but they took off quickly, feeling intimidated by a large group of people who gathered in the area.  They were responding to a woman's call for help.

She had suffered some bad cuts after slipping and falling on glass.  Police say they arrived shortly after the ambulance took off, but by then any signs of a ruckus or danger had passed.

South Bend Fire officials tell us EMS and firefighters were never threatened directly, but they felt like a fight was brewing between 20 or 30 people who had gathered. At that point, crews became concerned for their safety.

Text of medic to dispatchers, you can hear the urgency in the voices of EMS workers and firefighters calling from the scene.

EMS to 911: "South Bend Medic 4-- we need 10-35 (police) here right now!"

911: "10-4, they're been dispatched."

911: "There's yelling in the background, medics sound panicked. 1047 Laurel Court."

EMS/FIRE: "South Bend to Engine 1, we are in trouble here!"

911: "10-35 (police) is 'in the house,' they've been dispatched."

This incident is a reminder of the dangers that rescue teams face on a regular basis.  In fact, just yesterday, a St. Louis area firefighter was shot to death while putting out a truck fire.  Local medical crews and firefighters are trained to evacuate scenes that they deem dangerous.

"The captain that was on the scene -- in this instance from Engine 1 -- he determined that it was a dangerous scene and they backed off the scene," explains Steve Cox, Assistance Chief for South Bend Fire EMS. "Our personnel managed to get the patient into the ambulance and they were able to get away from the scene without any of our personnel being injured."

                                                                          Hurricane IKE
As of September 14, 2008, The U.S. Coast Guard, National Guard along with Police, Fire, EMS, rescued approximately 7,000 who ignored warnings to evacuate prior to Hurricane Ike unleashed it's fury on the Gulf Coast.
                                                           Grand Rapids Based Aero Med Helicopter Crash
Aero Med’s Helicopter Crashes on Hospital's roof top Heli Pad in Downtown Grand Rapids Michigan
Grand Rapids Michigan May 29, 2008 – Spectrum Health’s Aero Med helicopter has crashed atop Spectrum Hospital in downtown Grand Rapids, at 11:02 a.m. two people suffered minor injuries, a senior Aero Med pilot and an FAA official.

Grand Rapids Police spokesman Lt. Ralph Mason stated that both the pilot and a FAA official, were involved in the crash. They managed to escape from the downed helicopter and seek shelter despite thier injuries.  The hospital’s floors 7 thru 9 were evacuated, and patients were evacuated from the Level one Emergency Center.

Witnesses said that the helicopter appeared to wobbling around after reportedly striking a roof Antenna before it landed on it’s side and burst into flames.  The crash and subsequent fire completely destroyed the entire EMS Helicopter leaving only burned remannents of the 14 year old Helicopter.  Aero Med has a brand new helicopter that has yet to be placed in service.  Aero Med began in the late 1980’s and has had only one prior event in 1989 the helicopter on scene of an eastern Kent County car crash broke free and rolled down a slight road embankmant.  No one was injured and the helicopter a Daulphin suffred minor damged.  FAA cited that cause as pilot error in failing to properly securing the helicopter.

This site is currently withholding the name of the Pilot and FAA Offical but will add after families are notified.  NTSB info on the Aero Med Fleet         NTSB
Dave’s EMS Headquarters will continue to update this news.
Dave’s EMS First reorted this incident within 4 minutes of the crash.
More Media Coverage
                                          Aero Med Resumes Grand Rapids Service
Grand Rapids, MI - Monday June 16, 2008 - Spectrum Health's Aero Med helicopter ambulance program has resumed service following last month's crash on the roof of a downtown Grand Rapids hospital.
WOOD-TV and The Grand Rapids Press report that starting Monday flights will go in and out of Gerald R. Ford International Airport, and patients will be transferred by ambulance to the hospital.  The airport will be used until the heliport atop Spectrum Health Butterworth Hospital is repaired.

An Aero Med helicopter carrying Pilot Ray Sampson and a Federal Aviation Administration inspector crashed May 29 after the tail rotor struck a tower while taking off from the heliport. Both survived.
The fire consumed the helicopter soon after the two men got out. Aero Med service had been suspended following the crash.
                                   Grand Rapids Michigan Based Aero Med finds Temp Pad
August 07, 2008-Aero Med Medical Helicopters are using a temporary landing area, as the fleets permanent area continues to be upgraded.
The helipad atop Spectrum Health hasn't been used since one of the medical helicopters crashed there May 29, injuring two people aboard.
Since that crash, the helicopters have been landing at the Gerald R. Ford International Airport in Cascade Township, and then patients were transported by ambulance to the hospital.

The helicopters began landing a big parking lot located just south of I-196, east of Plymouth Street, and north of Michigan Avenue. They are then transferring their patients to a ambulance and transporting them the last couple of miles to the trauma center.  The move has dramatically shortened the transfer time faced when landing at the Gerald R Ford International Airport located in South East Kent County.  The site is expected to be used for approximately three to four months as its brought up to code.
                                                    AERO MED HELIPAD UPDATE
Grand Rapids Michigan-08-26-2008-Call it an emergency upgrade. Spectrum Health officials are fast-tracking plans to retool the hospital's downtown rooftop helipad following the fiery crash of an Aero Med air ambulance on the landing zone in May.  A few weeks after the crash Target 8 Investigators reported that the safety features of the fifteen year old landing zone are behind the times. It wouldn't meet current standards.   It doesn't have to, since the hospital remains grandfathered into the requirements of the mid- ‘90's.
The hospital is making the upgrade voluntarily.

One major feature is a better firefighting system.  Target 8 Investigators analyzed tapes and concluded it took Grand Rapids firefighters 18 minutes to get to the roof, fight their way through burning debris at the rooftop doorway to get to a single reel-type hose and use it to put out the fire.  Spectrum says it is adding a state of the art foam system that can be activated at the push of a button on the landing zone and from a safer area indoors. It could quickly foam the zone and put out a fire without waiting for firefighters to arrive.

They are also adding two fire escapes to get people off the landing zone and emergency help onto it.  The National Transportation Safety Board preliminary investigation report says the helicopter, on a flight-check mission, lifted off the pad and backed too close to a forest of masts located on top of an elevator penthouse right next to the helipad. The tail rotor appeared to touch something on a mast and disintegrated.

The plan is to create two larger landing pads, farther away from the elevator penthouse than they are presently. They are also raising them a few feet to allow air to flow under them and reduce turbulence. Spectrum is also trying to reduce the clutter of radio masts on top of the penthouse to make the area safer.

Spectrum-Butterworth Hospital hopes to have the improved landing zone operational by November 2008.  Aero Med is currently landing at a temporary site which is still several minutes from the emergency room by ambulance.  Time is critical in emergency care and officials want to get the hospital’s rooftop landing pads operational as quickly as possible.
Video Helipad Upgrade Story By:  Henry Erb  Target 8 Investigator
                                      Class Action Lawsuit against Ford Motor Co
2008 According to the Web site lawyers and settlements.com, a class action lawsuit was filed February in Federal Court in Texas against Ford Motor Co. alleging the company's diesel-powered ambulances are defective? According to the Web site, fire departments and ambulance services across the country have been experiencing engine problems such as blown gaskets, radiator hoses, and sensors in Ford ambulances equipped with the six-liter diesel.
                                  FEMA has warn Officials of potential of Fake Emergency Vehicles
Washington-2008-Security officials around the cities hosting this year's political conventions are being told to watch out for phony emergency vehicles.  A Federal Emergency Management Agency memo says terrorists could use such "cloned" emergency or commercial vehicles to conduct surveillance or carry out an attack.  The National Insurance Crime Bureau says faking such vehicles can be cheap and easy.  The FEMA bulletin cites several examples that include an 18-wheeler disguised as a Wal-Mart truck that was carrying 3,000 pounds of marijuana and about 450 pounds of cocaine.
                            Man Who Claimed To Be EMT, Medical Examiner Faces Felony Charges
Nashville, Tenn. 10-2008 Police said a mid state man who claimed to be a firefighter, emergency medical technician and medical examiner is a phony.  Two felony warrants have been issued for Greg Pillow's arrest for impersonating a licensed professional.  He didn't hurt anyone, but police said he was paid to work as an EMT at a cheer competition.  He also pretended to recruit people for the medical examiner's office. The people paid for his services, which he couldn't provide.  If convicted, he could spend more than a year in jail.
                                                   The 'Howler Siren ' Coming to EMSA Ambulances
November 11, 2008, You will not just see the ambulance coming- you will soon feel it coming too. EMSA is installing new siren technology, called a 'Howler' siren, on all its ambulances. The problem right now is that drivers don't hear the sirens between the stereo systems, cell phone conversations and sound-proof passenger compartments. EMSA's Tina Wells says this year alone EMSA ambulances have been in 16 collisions in intersections and 15 of those ambulances were answering a call for service.

Now EMSA is among the first in the nation to outfit its fleet of ambulances with the 'Howler' siren.  It operates at a lower frequency than traditional ambulance sirens and sends out a vibration to objects within 200 feet. EMT Afton Bennett drove one of the ambulances and tested the technology. She says drivers heard the ambulance coming and yielded. She says, "It was a very big difference. It was very helpful- it even helped with pedestrians who turned and looked at us even walking down the sidewalk which does not happen because we tend to tune out the sirens."

EMSA will install the equipment on all its ambulances- a process that could take several months at a cost of $400 per unit.  EMSA's Tina Wells says it is an up-front cost that could save lives, response time, and property damage. She says even a minor collision with an ambulance can do $10,000 worth of damage not to mention the danger to the patient who is being transported and the paramedics.  The installation will take about 6 months.
                                    Medic Arrested on scene while treating Patient
Albuquerque NM- 11-30-2008- A EMS Medic was arrested and charged with battery against a police officer during an Emergency call on Thanksgiving Thursday November 27, 2008.

It’s a situation when officers and ambulance employees need to work together, but the events that unfolded two days ago have the two Public Safety Departments divided.  One 911, yet two different stories of what happened inside a northeast Albuquerque home as police and an Albuquerque Ambulance Paramedic tried to save a suicidal woman.

Albuquerque Police Department Officer Nadine Hamby said.  "We had an Albuquerque Ambulance employee get in the way of an officer trying to do her job," Instead of rendering aide, the Medic, Christine Stump, and a Police Officer got into a disagreement that landed Stump in handcuffs, according to the arrest report.   Stump is now charged with battery against a police officer.

Hamby said "My understanding is that she pushed her out of the way," The officer told Stump that the patient was acting aggressively, so the officer attempted to restrain her. That's when Stump allegedly grabbed the officer and told her to "let go of my patient," stated further in the Police Report.

APD said that it was the officer's job to ensure the safety of those in danger.  Albuquerque Ambulance Supervisors state that they feel the arrest was inappropriate and unprofessional.  EMS Supervisors stated that “they're confident that an independent investigation will demonstrate a more accurate version of what occurred.

An APD Spokesperson claims that an officer is in control of the situation until he or she deems it safe.  Albuquerque Ambulance said that APD officers have a different role to play than Emergency Medical Personnel. they said that one side thinks about the patient, while the other about the crime scene.
                                                           Life EMS Rig Hit Enroute to Call
Grand Rapids, Mich, 01-16-09- Life EMS Medics Responding to a call at the York Creek Apartment Complex near the intersection of York Creek and Alpenhorn Dr NW., when Life EMS Ambulance officials state that a vehicle collided with its Ambulance at around 10 p.m. on Friday January 16, 2009.

Life EMS stated that weather conditions are likely to blame for the cause of the accident. Neither Paramedic suffered injuries.  Life EMS officials stated that the driver of the other vehicle was transported to an area hospital with non life threatening injuries.  The Life EMS Unit involved was taken out of service for repairs.
                                   NTSB To Hold Public Hearing on EMS Helicopters
01-28-2009-The National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) will hold a three - day public hearing next week in Washington, D.C., beginning Tuesday February 3, 2009 on the safety of Helicopter Emergency Medical Services.  The hearing will be webcast starting at 8:00 am (EST) each day. An agenda and webcast details will be posted on the Board’s website at NTSB early Tuesday morning February 3, 2009.
                                      Funeral Held for EMT/FF who was Shot and Killed by a Patient
02-07-2009 Thousands attended the Saturday February 7, 2009, funeral services for EMT/FF Mark B. Davis, who was shot and killed on January 30, 2009, when a patient that he had been treating, shot and killed the young Medic.  The Cape Vincent Fire/EMS Department's auxiliary held a reception following the funeral for EMT Davis, for over 2,000 EMS and Fire Service Personnel from across the country who came to honor Volunteer EMT/FF Davis.  EMT Mark Davis funeral was held Saturday February 07, 2009 at 1300 hours (1:30 pm) at the Thousand Islands High School on County Route 9.  The New York City Fire Department’s bagpipe band participated in the funeral service for Davis.  Following the funeral EMT Mark Davis casket followed by family and Emergency Personnel processed through the village of Cape Vincent, to the cemetery where EMT/FF Mark B. Davis was laid to rest.  Memorial Page "GO".
                            Judge weighs sanctions against White Lake ambulance board
Muskegon MI 03-31-09 A Muskegon judge will rule Thursday on former White Lake Ambulance Authority Director Brian Binns' motion to impose heavy sanctions on his ex-employer for violating Michigan's Open Meetings Act --Â ranging up to invalidation of his Aug. 20 firing.
Such a penalty is allowed under the Open Meetings Act.

But it doesn't mean Binns would be back on the job. The ambulance board voted last Wednesday to "re-enact" Binns' firing, an action expected to stand even if the original firing doesn't.  Binns' chief request is payment of more than seven months' full pay and benefits, from Aug. 20 to last Wednesday's date.

Fourteenth Circuit Judge Timothy G. Hicks on Monday heard arguments from attorneys for Binns and the ambulance authority.  Hicks ruled March 5 that the authority violated the law by holding a closed-door board meeting to discuss Binns' firing.  Board members have attributed their closing of the meeting to a desire to protect Binns' public reputation. According to minutes of the meeting, released by court order recently, members discussed allegedly erratic and threatening behavior by Binns. Binns, through his attorney, has attributed his actions to prescription medications he was on to treat supposedly work-related disabilities.

Monday's courtroom hearing was largely about Binns' request that the judge impose these sanctions on the board:
• Payment of back salary -- about $38,000 -- and health insurance through March 25.
• Payment of Binns' attorney fees and costs.
• Imposition of $500 fines on individual board members.

Binns' lawyer, Ronald M. Redick of Grand Rapids, also is seeking a ruling that the board violated the Open Meetings Act on several prior occasions in August when, he said, members met to discuss Binns' possible firing.  At the end of the hearing, Hicks said he would consider the arguments and release his ruling in open court at 9:30 a.m. Thursday April 2, 2009.
Source:  Muskegon Chronicle
National EMS Memorial Move
                                  Tapes show pilot unsure of helicopter flight
                                              Recording also documents efforts to locate helicopter
Minutes before Maryland State Police helicopter Trooper 2 set out on its fatal mission, pilot Stephen H. Bunker was unsure about flying in the bad weather, but decided he would "give it a shot," according to recently released dispatch tapes.  The recording also documents subsequent efforts to locate the helicopter, which had crashed in a District Heights park, killing four of its five passengers.  The call for a helicopter was relayed to Trooper 2 at about 11:02 p.m. Sept. 27, when a dispatcher told Bunker that Charles County emergency crews needed pickup for two teenage girls involved in a Waldorf car accident.

Bunker initially seemed hesitant to fly the girls to Prince George's Hospital Center, saying the fog might prevent them from making it to the hospital. But when he heard a MedStar helicopter was able to complete a mission despite the weather, Bunker made his decision. "If they can do it, we can do it," he said. "OK, it's up to you," said the dispatcher.  "Yeah, we oughta be able to do it," Bunker replied.

After the helicopter picked up the crash victims, Ashley Younger and Jordan Wells, Bunker headed it to the Prince George's hospital in Cheverly, but decided to reroute to Andrews Air Force Base.  "P.G. Hospital is completely fogged in. We're unable to land there. We're gonna be returning to Andrews," he said. Bunker also asked that a couple of ambulances meet them at the base.  "Ten minutes 'til we get there," Bunker estimated in the last communication Maryland State Police received from Trooper 2.

According to a preliminary report released Thursday by the National Transportation Safety Board, Bunker was having trouble with the landing at Andrews Air Force Base. He wasn't receiving a "glide slope," or the angle from which he was supposed to approach the runway. When he requested an alternate type of landing, the air traffic controller at the base said she wasn't trained to provide it, the report stated.
After that, Trooper 2 disappeared from the base's radar.

The recordings show helicopter communications called Trooper 2's hangar with no response, then contacted Prince George's emergency dispatchers to see if the ambulances Bunker had requested were with the helicopter.  "The reason I'm asking is [because] Andrews lost Trooper 2 on their radar. I wanna make sure Trooper 2's safe on the ground," said a man from Syscom, the Maryland State Police helicopter communications system.  The Prince George's emergency dispatcher said they were looking for the helicopter on the base's runway and also at nearby firehouses and open lots.  "I'll keep you informed. I haven't heard anything yet," said the man from Prince George's. "They're out there looking." "OK, I appreciate it," said Syscom at the end of the tapes.

At about 1:30 a.m. Sept. 28, a search team found Trooper 2 at the crash site. The victims of the accident were onboard paramedic Mickey C. Lippy, 34, of Westminster, Waldorf emergency medical technician Tonya Mallard, 39, of Waldorf, Younger, 17, of Waldorf and Bunker, 59, of Waldorf. The only survivor of the crash was Wells, 18, of Waldorf, who suffered serious injuries and is still being treated at a Baltimore hospital.  The wreck sparked criticism that the Maryland State Police helicopter fleet is overused for medical transport and questions about whether Wells and Younger should have been taken to a hospital by ambulance instead.   According to the dispatch tapes, Wells and Younger were classified as "Category D" patients, meaning they should be driven by ambulance to a trauma center if the travel time is less than 30 minutes, according to Maryland emergency services protocol. If the driving to the trauma center would exceed 30 minutes, emergency providers should consider helicopter transport, the guidelines state.

However, the helicopter dispatcher who contacted Bunker about the flight commented that Waldorf emergency workers dislike transporting their patients by ground, saying they "never want to drive to the hospital." When Bunker asked where the accident was located, the dispatcher said, "Charles County. Waldorf. Where else? … As soon as I heard Charles County, I knew it was going to be Waldorf. Because those guys never want to drive to the hospital."  Dan Stevens, chief of the Waldorf Volunteer Fire Department, called the comments "very unfair."  He said the dispatcher might have said that because his station handles so many Charles County trauma cases and there is no trauma center within a 30-minute drive.  "I can't recall the last time we were told by a trauma center that we shouldn't have flown that patient, and we have been told many times by the local hospitals that we should have flown the patient," Stevens said.

Dr. Robert Bass, the executive director of the Maryland Institute for Emergency Medical Services Systems, said he had no evidence to support the dispatcher's remarks.  "As far as we can tell, it wasn't accurate," he said.  Bass said he calculated how often each Maryland county uses helicopter transport and divided these totals by every county's population. He said Charles County's rate of helicopter use was roughly the same as that of St. Mary's and Calvert counties.  "We could find no information to substantiate that comment," he said.
                 The following is a portion of the 15-minute recording of calls related to Trooper 2's final mission:
SYSCOM: Helicopter dispatch.
Charles County dispatcher: Hello, this is Charles County.
SYSCOM: OK, Charles.
Charles County dispatcher: We have a personal injury accident we're gonna need a helicopter for. It's two patients.
SYSCOM: OK. We're very call-by-call due to weather. We'll have to check.
SYSCOM: They're checking weather, Charles. Who's that, Trooper 2? Trooper 2's willing to give it a try.
BUNKER: State police aviation, Mr. Bunker.
SYSCOM: Hello, Mr. Bunker. You guys able to fly a [unintelligible]?
BUNKER: Where?
SYSCOM: Charles County, Waldorf. Where else? Those guys never wanna drive to the hospital.
BUNKER: Well, I don't know if we can get to the hospital.
SYSCOM: Well, that's fine. If you can't make the roof, you can't make the roof, you know? (laughing)
BUNKER: They're saying College Park is 800 feet, up there.
SYSCOM: Is it? OK.
BUNKER: And that's only a mile north of the hospital. And P.G.'s on flyby anyway.
SYSCOM: They might be. I don't know. Is P.G. on flyby? I'm just double-checking. It probably is.
BUNKER: Where are we going?
SYSCOM: It's Waldorf. Those guys don't wanna fly an accident victim anywhere.
BUNKER: OK. We can give it a shot
SYSCOM: They said they'd give it a shot, Jeff.
SYSCOM: As soon as I heard Charles County, I knew it was gonna be Waldorf. Cause those guys never wanna drive to the hospital.
BUNKER: You want me to just call you back as soon as I get all the info?
SYSCOM: OK, we'll wait for it, then. … if they change their mind.
SYSCOM: Well, uh, they're not gonna change their mind. If you tell them you're gonna go, they want you to go.
SYSCOM: That's up to you, man. Can you fly it?
BUNKER: College Park is 800 and 10. National… I just heard MedStar going to MedStar. So, if they can do it, we can do it. (laughing)
SYSCOM: OK, it's up to you.
BUNKER: Yeah, we oughta be able to do it.
SYSCOM: All right. Yeah, they're gonna take the mission.
BUNKER: We're gonna try it.
On Sunday July 19, 2009 Survivors, The Flight Crew, Air National Guard members, EMT's, Paramedics, Firefighters, Doctors, Nurses, Hospital employees, and citizens from the Tri-State area will gather 4 p.m. July 19 at the Flight 232 monument along the Missouri River in downtown Sioux City to remember the 112 individuals who lost thier lives, and recall the preparations and outstanding efforts that spared 184 lives. Sunday marks the 20th anniversary of the crash landing of United Airlines Flight 232.  Flight 232 a DC-10 carried 296 passengers and crew were aboard the Denver-to-Chicago flight on July 19, 1989, when the plane's tail engine disintegrated at 37,000 feet, catastrophically severing all three hydraulic lines and disabling all normal flight controls.  Gary Brown, Woodbury County's Emergency Management Director, is credited in building the blue prints of "mutual-aid."  Brown remains Woodbury County's Emergency Management Director, today.
                                                             News Story: Desmoines Register
United Flight 232--20 Years After
                                                             Michigan Mayor wants to Charge for Rescue’s
Warning:  if you are driving through Grand Rapids Michigan on any of the highways and Interstates and are involved in an accident the cities Mayor George Heartwell wants to charge you for the Police department’s response, per unit and man hour.  If you are trapped in your vehicle which requires the Response of the Fire Department to extricate you from the vehicle your bill from the city continues to go up.  Generally a pin-in (entrapment) will generate an Engine (3 Firefighters) and a Rescue Squad (4-5 Firefighters) and don’t forget the treatment, Emergency Medical Services in Metropolitan Grand Rapids is provided by two private companies AMR (American Medical Response) and Life EMS which means in addition to the bills for Police and Fire response you will also receive a bill for EMS Services and just by chance you are in need of Air Medical Transport your bill now rapidly increases.

Currently there are at least two dozen communities in Michigan, who are now currently charging for police and fire services used by nonresidents, and the numbers continues to grow as Michigan’s economy and its cities continue to be strapped for cash.  Michigan suburbs Utica and St. Clair Shores have both passed ordinances that would bill insurance companies of nonresidents an average of $400 to $800 when they have to send out firefighters or use heavy equipment such as the Jaws of Life. The suburbs Fire Chief’s supports the practice, of charging for safety services provided to nonresidents involved in automotive accidents with and without injuries.  The Detroit Free Press reported that these suburbs have estimated that these fees have generated approximately of about $180,000 in the past four years.

The Detroit Free Press reports that’s Insurance companies are balking at the extra costs and warn that if the trend persists, they'll be forced to pass along rate increases to policyholders. And even some of the cities charging the extra fees question whether the paperwork and effort required to collect them is worth it given the small returns.

This is a dangerous proposal; it will affect an individual’s route, choice for vacations, not to mention this moronic decision could be picked up across the U.S.  Grand Rapids Mayor Heartwell as well as the city Commissioners must not institute this program and remember the Emergency Services is not to be discriminatory.   What next charge a non resident who is robbed, assaulted, or carjacked requiring a police response?
                                                              Detroit MI Man takes Medics Hostage
01-03-2007  A 30-year-old Detroit Michigan man took two EMS Medics and a neighbor who came to check on his well being hostage.  Norman Dorise called 911 at 3:15 p.m. indicating that he had suffered an injury to his leg.  An EMS unit and two Medics were dispatched to the home.

When the Medics entered the home, Dorise pulled a gun on them, as well as a neighbor who came to the house.  The three were held at gunpoint.  Detroit Police were notified and responded; eventually police talked Dorise into releasing both the Medics and neighbor.  However a short time later Dorise; existed his residence brandishing the gun and then pointing the gun at Police. 

Officers on scene ordered the suspect to put down the weapon when he failed to do as told police officers were forced to fire striking Dorise several times in the buttocks, arms and pelvic regions.

Wayne County Prosecutor Kym L. Worthy on Wednesday charged Norman Dorise of Detroit with three counts of kidnapping; one count of extortion; three counts of assault with intent to commit a felony; six counts of felonious assault; five counts of assault and resisting and obstructing a police officer and one count of felony firearm in connection with the New Year's Day 2007 incident.

If Dorise is convicted of kidnapping which carries a maximum penalty of up to life in prison in Michigan, in addition the other charges could result in a total of 38 years behind bars.
Michigan Supreme Court allows Suit to go forward
Lansing, MI 07-08-2009  A divided Michigan Supreme Court is letting a gunshot victim sue a Detroit 911 operator for intentional infliction of emotional distress after the skeptical operator asked if she was a "mental patient."  The high court voted 4-3 Wednesday to deny the appeal of 911 dispatcher Kimberly Langford, letting Lorraine Hayes' lawsuit go to trial.

Hayes called 911 twice on Jan. 12, 2005, saying she had been shot in the head. The Court of Appeals said the operator berated and insulted Hayes and questioned if she was a mental patient. Despite having doubts, though, she did dispatch police to the address.  The police apparently couldn't find the location, and EMS arrived only after Hayes called her son in Minnesota and he called Detroit police.
                                    Warren MI Fire and City set Resume Fire Dept EMS transports
Warren Michigan 01-08-2009 Mayor Jim Fouts has announced a tentative agreement between the city and the Warren Professional Firefighters Association to allow the city to resume EMS transport once it's ratified by the union.

"My staff and I have been working for many months to help fulfill the commitment I made to the citizens of Warren," Fouts said in a statement. "This agreement is fair to both the taxpayers and the firefighters."

The tentative agreement was signed this afternoon by the city and union bargaining teams. The details of the plan will not be disclosed until after it has been submitted to the union membership for a vote.

Voters approved a special millage in 1998 for the EMS transport service. However, it was eliminated -- as well as 36 firefighter and EMS positions -- in May 2004 by former mayor Mark Steenbergh and the City Council during budget cuts. Fouts, who was council president at the time, said he voted against the measure.

Universal Ambulance Service has provided the transport since then on a fee basis.

"Given these dire economic times, I am pleased that the leadership of the firefighters has worked with the administration to reach an agreement that is fair to the city and the union -- but more important it is fair to the taxpayers," Fouts said in a statement. "This is a proactive plan moving forward to provide better service at a reduced cost."
                       Grand Rapids Michigan Fire Chief John VanSolkema Announces Retirement
Effective July 04, 2009 amongst City Mandates for additional cuts in Department's Budget.  06-02-2009  Sounding like a man defeated, not from fighting fires, but from fighting budget battles, as well as the Grand Rapids Fire Departments Union, Grand Rapids Fire Chief John VanSolkema has announced his retirement after serving the City as a Firefighter and Chief for over thirty years.

The city's firefighting force has been cut by 43 since 2001.  The second generation Grand Rapids firefighter told commissioners he will retire effective July 4, 2009.  VanSolkema's tenure as chief has been marked by several highs and lows, mostly outside the firehouse.  Fires are down but the number of medical calls answered by the department has sky rocketed.

Taking firefighters off apparatus and putting them in smaller medical response vehicles has helped the department cut overtime costs, and wear and tear on larger, expensive fire engines.  Chief VanSolkema has often clashed with union leaders and some city commissioners over the way the department has been run.  "I only have best wishes for future leaders of the fire department to get out of the box we're in," said Chief VanSolkema.
Emergency Medical Services Authority "EMSA" New Howler Siren Reducing Accidents
11-12-2009  Emergency Medical Services Authority reported half as many accidents involving its ambulances in Oklahoma so far this year compared with 2008.  Through November 2008, EMSA had 16 ambulance wrecks at intersections statewide. During the same time period this year, EMSA reportedly had eight collisions.

EMSA cites the introduction of new siren technology known as the “Howler,” which emits low-frequency tones, known as "howler siren." These sirens cause objects within 200 feet to reverberate, so that motorists can feel ambulances approaching, even if they cannot see them.

The reduction in collisions saved EMSA an estimated $80,000.  "Of course, that's just damage to our ambulances," said Kelly Smith, EMSA fleet manager. "It's not at all unusual for cars that collide with ambulances to be totaled. "And there's a human aspect -- injuries, pain and suffering, lost productivity - that must be considered, too."
12-16-2009  800,000 doses of the Pediatric H1N1 Vaccine has been recalled over concerns it isn't strong enough.
Autopsy Report Raises Questions
December 29, 2009  A final report released this week involving the fatal Ambulance Accident on October 22, 2009, has raised serious questions about the Paramedic who was driving the Rural/Metro Ambulance then struck a Tennessee Department of Transportation truck.

The epileptic seizure that, according to Metro Police, caused the October 22, 2009 Ambulance crash that killed two people, was not the ambulance driver's first.  Questions are being raised regarding the reinstating of David Cline's driver's license, when the department of safety knew that Cline had a medical condition involving seizures.

The Department of Safety confirmed Cline's driver's license was suspended after a Christmas Day crash in 1999, in his personal vehicle that was, according to reports, seizure related.  A department spokesman said Cline's license was suspended March 10, 2000 to April 14, 2000, a mere four weeks. Mike Browning with the Tennessee Highway Patrol also confirmed a doctor's release reinstated Cline's privilege of driving.
Metro's crash report revealed Cline had an on the job seizure, at Franklin's fire hall, roughly four years ago. Cline was put on light duty, but returned to usual job obligations after the release of two physicians, his personal doctor and the fire department's doctor.

"I think Mr. Cline, under his doctor's orders, felt like he had this under control," said Moore. "I don't think he felt that he was doing anything that jeopardized anybody's life. Surely, had he thought that he would've [posed a risk], he'd have asked somebody else to drive or prevented himself from driving."
The family of Sue Bly, the patient who died in the crash as she was being transported in the rear of Cline's ambulance, is not as forgiving. Bly's widower and five children have hired Nashville attorney David Briley to look into potential liability.

"He had epilepsy, he had narcolepsy, and there's some evidence that he was texting at the time of the accident," said Briley.  Briley said he hopes to avoid the filing of a civil lawsuit, but also hopes Rural/Metro, the ambulance company Cline was driving for the day of the crash, implements some changes like more thorough background checks.  An attorney for Rural/Metro insisted the company had no knowledge of a medical history.

Tony Dalton, of Knoxville, said a background check on behalf of Cline revealed three things: a valid, EMT's license; a valid Tennessee driver's license with zero restrictions; and a flawless driving record.  Franklin Fire Department also admitted having no knowledge of a pre-existing medical condition on behalf of Cline.
Moore said Cline had the right to be private, but he did have an obligation to public safety. He suggested Cline might have voluntarily removed himself from road duty, had he known a seizure was possible.  "Was he taking his medication properly?" asked Moore. "I don't know. If the doctor prescribed the medication, and if the doctor said you're good to go based on A, B, and C, and he did not follow A, B, and C, then certainly he burdens some of the fault."

The Medical Examiner's preliminarily report showed only Adderall in Cline's system at the moment of death. The Adderall was used to combat Cline's unpredictable bouts with sudden sleep. The report also revealed no traces of Depakote, the drug used to control Cline's epileptic seizures.
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  The International Association of Fire Chiefs EMS Section Protest NBC Monday Night Drama
10-01-2009  The International Association of Fire Chiefs EMS Section is demanding that NBC cancel or modify its new drama series, Trauma. The association objects to the show’s portrayal of EMS providers.  “It was absolutely terrible,” said EMS Section Chairman Gary Ludwig. “The program does an injustice to our profession and the legal concerns about the impact on the viewers.”  In a letter of protest to Jeff Gaspin, chairman of NBC Universal Television Entertainment, Ludwig expressed “deep and sincere displeasure” with the show. Ludwig cited the scenes within the first few minutes of the program of paramedics having sex in ambulances, sexist remarks to females, and performance of medical procedures outside the standard of care among the many “disingenuous depictions” of EMS personnel.  The television show "Trauma," which premiered Monday September 26, 2009, at the prime time slot of 9:00 p.m. (EST) focuses on a Paramedic team from a San Francisco City Hospital. The EMS Section is asking NBC to alter the show that accurately portray's the sacrifices of those who work in Emergency Medical Services (EMS) that comfort, treat, and transport, those who have suffered from serious trauma or illness.
                                             Poll Results for:  Did you watch The NBC Television Show Trauma?
                                                                                         No  31% 
                                                                                         Yes 31%
                                                                     Yes, However changed channel 38%
                                                                                    As of 06-2010
                                           Poll Results for:  If NBC ignores the above letter, would you boycott Sponsors?
                                                                                          Yes  80% 
                                                                                          No   20% 
                                                                                       as of 06-2010
                                                 Medic Found Murdered in Home Honored
April 15, 2010  Springfield, Mass. Public safety officials from across the state gathered at Sacred Heart Church Saturday to honor and remember Anna-Marie Cochrane Rintala, an Emergency Medical Technician, who was found dead in her Granby home March 29, 2010.

Rintala had worked for American Medical Response of Western Massachusetts ambulance service. Rintala's ambulance partner of eight years, Mark S. Oleksak, gave an emotional farewell to the women who drew a large crowd of mourners.

"When I say best friends forever, you know I'm saying goodbye," said Oleksak. "I love you too." The two had worked long hours together, and Oleksak spoke of how they ate their meals together and at times cried together.  Other Emergency Medical Technicians were present and in their uniforms for the service. Flowers surrounded Rintala's cremated remains.

A death certificate states Rintala's cause of death as strangulation, and said she was found in her 18 Barton St., home's basement with blunt force trauma to her head.  Rintala had lived in the home with her wife, Cara Rintala, a Ludlow firefighter.  A representative for Northwestern District Attorney Elizabeth Scheibel's office said Monday no new information was being released into the circumstances surrounding Rintala's death or their investigation.

                              EMS personnel from Across the Country Descend on Capitol Hill

Washington, D.C. -May 05, 2010- EMS personnel from across the country headed to the Capitol was asking for support on some very vital pieces of Legislation.  Over the final week of April 2010 the Fire Service members met in D.C. for the annual CFSI event and now it's was their counterparts' turn to approach members of Congress with their concerns.

Organizers of the first EMS on the Hill Day are elated by the response from responders. About 150 people  registered to participate.
"This is a monumental event…This has far surpassed what we envisioned," said Jerry Johnston, one of the primary organizers and past NAEMT president.

Johnston told the group during a meeting Monday night May 3, 2010, that it was important that legislators receive a clear and concise message from EMS.

                                    The three major issues they carried to legislators include:
Support for a bill that would provide permanent Medicare reimbursement relief for ambulance services (a six percent increase) for transports originating in urban or suburban areas as well as a MMA bonus payment for trips in super rural areas.

Support for all EMS personnel – for-profit or non-profit – to be eligible for PSOB benefits if they are killed in the line of duty.

Help on a measure currently being developed that would promote patient-centered, medically directed evidence-based, cost effective and safe field EMS across the country to enhance readiness.
Participants, some of whom indicated it's their first trip to the nation's capital, received a briefing on how best to use the precious time they get with their representatives.

Lisa Tofil, of Holland and Knight, a lobbying firm, said it was essential for them to do their homework before they go to determine if their elected official is signed onto a bill.  She encouraged them to be straight forward, and tell their representatives why they are there, and what they want.Johnston called the event "monumental."

                                       CareFlite Helicopter Crashes on Test Flght
June 2, 2010  Two crew members on a CareFlite helicopter were killed Wednesday afternoon in a crash in Midlothian.  The crash happened just after 2 p.m. Wednesday near Texas 67 inside the Midlothian city limits, said Lynn Lunsford, an FAA spokesman in Fort Worth. Broadcast reports put the crash near Wyatt Road.

The helicopter, a Bell 222, carried a pilot and a mechanic at the time of the crash and was on a maintenance flight out of Grand Prairie Municipal Airport, Lunsford said. The airport is about 24 miles north of the crash scene.
The helicopter burst into flames after crashing, he said.

CareFlite president and CEO James Swartz said Wednesday that the names of the pilot and mechanic would not be released until their relatives had been notified.  Swartz said that all the organization's thoughts and prayers were for the families of the pilot and mechanic.
Texas Department of Public Safety troopers were reportedly on the scene, Lunsford said.  The National Transportation Safety Board are Investigating.

CareFlite Pilot Guy J. Del Giudice, 44, of Keller, and Mechanic Stephen Durler, 23, of Dallas, were killed when their Bell 222 Helicopter crashed Wednesday June 02, 2010.  CareFlite president and CEO James Swartz stated that Guy Del Giudice was CareFlite's chief pilot.  The Bell 222 helicopter went down after taking off from its Grand Prairie hangar for a post-maintenance test flight. The helicopter that crashed Wednesday was made in 1983, according to the FAA, and was purchased by CareFlite in April. .

The Bell 222U series helicopters, was manufactured in the 1980s, have no particular history of safety problems despite their age, CareFlite had recently acquired the helicopter and was performing required maintenance check before putting the new addition into operation.
Embattled FDNY EMS Dispatcher EMT Jason Green Murdered
07-19-2010  EMT Jason Green who was under investigation for allegedly refusing to help a Pregnant woman Au Bon Pain worker Eutisha Rennix, 25, after she suffered a seizure during Green's break at the coffee shop in Downtown Brooklyn. Rennix died at Long Island College Hospital. She was six months pregnant, and her unborn baby was delivered at the hospital but died.  An Autopsy later determined that she had suffered an asthma attack.  Green and Jackson both EMTS Dispatchers were suspended without pay for a month from thier jobs. 

The Brooklyn District Attorney's Office was still investigating.Green and Jacksons failure to aid the 25 year-old Rennix.

On Sunday July 18, 2010 Green and a friend were attempting to enter a popular nightclub in Manhattan and were refused entry.  Moments later a fight broke out between and at least 3 other men when suddenly one of them pulled a gun shooting the 32 year-old Green reportedly in the face.  Green was transported to a local hospital were he was declared dead.

On Wednesday July 21, 2010, the FDNY announced Green would be buried with "Full FDNY Honors," a move that is reportedly upsetting many FDNY Medics because of the ongoing investigations regarding the events of Rennix death last year and the events regarding the two medics who were on thier coffee break.
       Man Jumps from South Michigan Ambulance
St. Joseph MI- 05-03-2010 A man jumped out of an Medic-1 ambulance, running along a highway and was eventually struck by a vehicle, killing the man on impact.  The chain of events began around 10 p.m. Thursday June 3, 2010, when there was some sort of incident involving the man on an Amtrak train near New Buffalo.  Area Police were called by Amtrak who in turn called EMS for the 46-year-old man from Detroit.  Medics from Medic 1 EMS arrived and began transporting the patient to an area hospital for a psychiatric evaluation.

As the ambulance was traveling on I-94 near mile marker 27 in St. Joseph Township, the man began fighting the medic in the back of the ambulance, the Medic driving pulled to the side of the rode at which point the patient escaped out the back of the vehicle and ran.  Local, County and State Police responding to the Medics call for assistance began searching the area for nearly 20 minutes before learning the patient ran into traffic were he was struck and killed.                   Both Medics from Medic 1 acted appropriately and followed all local protocols.
                Grand Rapids Firefighter of the Year Honored
April 17, 2010 Grand Rapids Michigan Firefighter and Union President Joseph Dubay was picked not only for saving lives but for saving jobs.  Dubay joined the fire department in 1991.  American Legion Post 250 selected Dubay after he was nominated by a fellow Firefighter for the award. 

Grand Rapids Firefighter Rich Clark, stated that "With the times that we've been having, he's been very creative and used a lot of experience to save many guys' and gals' jobs."  As the Union President, Dubay and union member have been sitting at the negotiating table, on order to save current positions and help recall laid off Firefighters.

Dubay assisted in the creative financing and problem solving efforts that allowed the recall of 17 of 23 laid off firefighters.

Grand Rapids Michigan Firefighter Joseph Dubay
Photo by: WZZM News Grand Rapids Michigan
                                                                      Medic Shot & Killed treating Patient
Cape Vincent New York Volunteer Firefighter/EMT Mark Davis age 25, of the Cape Vincent Fire Department was shot and killed Friday night January 30, 2009 in the line of duty.  EMT/FF Davis was shot after a patient became agitated retrieved a rifle who the fired two shots one hitting and Killing EMT/FF Davis.  Davis, who volunteered with the Cape Vincent and TIERS Emergency Services, was working on completing his paramedic training program at Jefferson Community College.

Davis was recalled over the weekend as an easy going young man with a quick sense of humor.  “He was friends with everyone,” was the description one person used. 
                                                   Medics and Firefighters Ambushed and Attacked
Ohio--Paramedic David Mordarski, 32, was cut near his eye by flying glass two men went on a rampage Friday April 13, 2007, in addition firefighter Ray Ruffin was slightly hurt with a bat after they came under attack.  As a result of the attack both emergency vehicles involved had to be taken out of service, which means the vandalism is a felony rather than a misdemeanor, police said.   According to police the Medics and Firefighters were sent to a call indicating that a car had hit a pedestrian. Upon arrival and after finding any accident they began to leave when two men attacked their vehicles.
This is the second time paramedics have been attacked in recent months. Two bricks were thrown through the windshield of a rescue squad vehicle.
                                                               Attacks on EMT'S Upgraded to Felony
Oklahoma City, OK -05-2009- State House and Senate members have unanimously approved a bill upgrading the charges when someone assaults a paramedic or emergency medical technician. Tina Wells and Lara O'Leary, both with EMSA in Oklahoma City and Tulsa, say the new law will make such assaults equal to those against police officers or firefighters. EMSA says last year, fourteen EMSA medics were seriously hurt in such attacks. Up until now, an assault on an emergency medic was only a misdemeanor. It will soon be a felony.
                               Man assaults EMS worker, Cop after failed Suicide Attempt
Shelby 05-09 - Reports indicate a 43-year-old Grove Street resident attracted police attention Monday because of an attempted suicide, but the man apparently didn't appreciate the intervention.  The man kicked at an EMS employee and struck Shelby Police Officer E.J. Godfrey in the arm while emergency personnel prepared him for transport, according to a report released Tuesday.  "The defendant continued to resist being handcuffed after numerous commands to place his hands behind his back," Godrey wrote.  The assault reportedly occurred in a crowded hallway.  "During the struggle, my left shoulder created a hole in the hallway wall," the report read.  Officials took the man to Cleveland Regional Medical Center for treatment of cuts to his wrist, the report read, and for evaluation.  Upon discharge from CRMC, the man was taken to jail.
                                                 Man spit in face of EMT who Responded to Crash
A man who crashed on I-495 Monday night spit in the face of an emergency medical technician who was trying to help him, state police said. 
Maurice White, 39, of Wilmington, sped past a northbound Brandywine Hundred Fire Company ambulance crew around 10:20 p.m. and crashed his Honda accord into a guardrail just north of U.S. 202, said state police spokesman Cpl. Jeff Whitmarsh.  The crew stopped to help him. Wright became irate and spit in the face of one of the crew members, Whitmarsh said.  State police arrived and arrested Wright for DUI, driving without a license and disorderly conduct. He was released on his own recognizance.
                                   Michigan Paramedic Injured as Car slides into Ambulance on I-94
01-08-2010 Jackson County MI  A Jackson Community Ambulance paramedic and a Parma woman were injured Thursday in a crash on Interstate 94 as numerous vehicles crashed or slid off snowy roads.  There were 75 crashes reported in Jackson County from Thursday afternoon January 07, 2010, thru Friday morning January 08, 2010, according to the sheriff's office. No serious injuries resulted, police said.  Light snow coated the ground through Thursday and Friday morning.  A reported 4.1 inches fell in Jackson County Michigan.  Further snow is not predicted until Sunday night, when there is a 30 percent chance of snow, according to the National Weather Service.

Crashes on Thursday and Friday were largely weather-related, police said.  `People need to slow downThey are going too fast for the conditions,''  according to Jackson County sheriff's Lt. Steven Rand.  A 2006 Saturn driven by Denise Trayser, 56, of Parma was heading west just before 5 p.m. Thursday on I-94 near Parma Road in Sandstone Township when she lost control of her vehicle. It hit the back of an unoccupied Jackson Community Ambulance, according to a Michigan State Police.   The ambulance, was parked on the shoulder of the road, at the scene of another crash, in that accident it was learned on arrival that no one was injured.   Due to the force of the impact, the ambulance was lauched forward striking Paramedic Norma Weaver as she tried to set flares in the road.  Both Weaver and Paramedic Trayser were taken to Allegiance Health. Trayser remained at the hospital Friday.  She was conscious and coherent, state police Trooper Andrew Pinkerton said.

Paramedic Weaver was treated and released and was at home resting, said Joyce Williams, public affairs Manager for the Jackson Community Ambulance Service. ``Fortunately, it wasn't as bad as it could have been.''Snow and Ice condtions have been at there worst over the past two weeks and appears to be setting up for another blast of frezzing rain and snow.  Pay attention to speed and road conditions especially with EMS, Fire, and Police Agencies who are working snow related accidents.
                                                         Meth Labs Pose New Dangers to EMS Personnel
03-2010:  First Responders, EMT's, and Paramedics are faced with new dangers responding to residences, car accidents, etc, with the economy still in in deep dive Meth labs are popping up in all fifty states.  Labs are being set up in inner city neighborhoods, suburbs, rural areas.  In addition meth makers are even creating "rolling meth labs" in vehicles trying to stay ahead of Law Enforcement efforts of finding and shutting these Meth Labs. 
Meth labs utilize chemicals that create bio-hazardous situations for not only the individual (s) but for family members living in the home as well as their neighbors.  EMS Personnel are becoming exposed responding to medical emergencies at locations that such labs are set-up.  The lab may be big or small yet the hazards to Medics remain the same.  As a result Dave's EMS Headquarters has asked local law enforcement officials to assist me in exposing this critical and lethal new danger for those who respond to such a scene.  Beginning the last week of December 2009 and continuing through 2010 this area will be filled with critical information to help protect you as well as your family.  More to follow regarding this "Critical Danger" that is only expected to to get worse.
                                        Life Sentence for Driver who killed Del. Firefighter-EMT
Wilmington, Delaware. March 11, 2010-The paraplegic who struck and killed a Delaware City firefighter and EMT as she tended to an injured motorcyclist on Dec. 20, 2008, was sentenced to life in prison plus 26 years.  The life sentence for Joseph M. Taye Jr., who was operating his car's pedals with a stick because he does not have use of his legs, was a minimum mandatory because Superior Court Judge Jerome O. Herlihy ruled that the victim, Michelle Smith, was a Firefighter and Emergency Medical Technician acting in the line of duty when she was killed.  The additional time of 26 years came from assault charges related to Taye striking and further injuring the motorcyclist, Edward Reiss, and Taye fleeing after the accident.  At the 30-minute hearing today, Taye, sitting in a wheelchair and dressed in an orange prison jumpsuit, broke his silence and admitted to his reckless behavior and offered an apology to Smith's family and the entire emergency responder community. "I'm deeply in debt to you. There is no gauge (to measure it)," he said. "Michelle did not deserve this and for that I'm deeply sorry."

Taye, 29, told presententce investigators he was surrounded by cars that night, saw the fire truck and was looking at it as he passed. Then, he said, the car in front of him swerved and he slammed into the parked police car at the scene and blacked out.  According to prosecutors, Taye's car then struck Reiss and Smith, sending her body flying.   Taye also said it was not an excuse — and he knew his comments would not affect his mandatory sentence — but he explained that he was angry about losing the use of his legs and had been in denial about his disability. "I hated being paralyzed. I got so wound up in trying to look normal that I ignored the consequences," he said.  Defense attorney Joe Hurley also noted to the court that because of his disability, Taye's automatic life sentence was going to be more harsh than those imposed on others. He said Taye does not get the needed therapy for his legs, is required to perform minor medical procedures on himself in a non-sterile environment and as a result has suffered infections and had to undergo two surgeries.

Before Taye spoke, Michelle Smith's mother Joanne Newton — who was wearing a button with her daughter's picture on it — told Herlihy that Taye's crimes deserved the death penalty.  "If he hadn't done what he did, if only he cared, we wouldn't be standing here," she said, between tears. Her 29-year-old daughter's death "plays over and over in our heads every day," she said, recalling Smith's daughter standing by her mother's hospital bed saying, "Mommy you can't die. I need you and you need me."  Deputy Attorney General Sean Lugg told the judge that Taye "earned" his life sentence through his selfish, reckless actions in a quest for immediate gratification.  He said Taye chose to ignore his own children — who were visiting him that weekend — to go out to a go-go bar with a friend. He chose to drive himself there — using a stick rather than getting the proper equipment for his car or proper training. He chose not to ride with that friend. And then he chose to drive himself home, where he chose to drive at a high rate of speed, chose what lane to drive in and chose to pass the fire truck.

Lugg then asked for Herlihy to impose the maximum penalty for each of the other charges on top of the life sentence.  Herlihy, who presided over the bench trial and found Taye guilty, said he could not describe what happened as "an accident."  And while it may not have been an intentional killing, as Taye's attorney argued, "This was avoidable," he said.  The judge also noted that no one has ever identified the person who picked Taye up after the accident and helped him flee the scene.  Herlihy concluded with several observations "that need to be said," though they were not a factor in his sentence. Since overseeing this trial, Herlihy said he has noticed how few people actually give proper deference to emergency crews on the road. "Too many drivers in this state are too cavalier about paying attention to emergency vehicles," he said. "I just see too much of it."

And despite presiding over thousands of trials, Herlihy said nothing has stuck with him like the vivid, eyewitness testimony about what happened to Smith's body after it was struck.  "I don't look at pictures of firefighters standing at the scene of an accident the same way anymore," he said, adding he thinks that one motorist like Taye "could wipe out three or four of them."  The courtroom was packed with some 40 firefighters today from eight companies. Outside the courtroom, Delaware City Chief Jamie Rosseel said, "I think we all agree justice was served."  Lugg said only that prosecutors were satisfied with the result.  Source:  The News Journal
                                          Woman Sent to Prison for 2009 Attack on EMT
West Chester 04-26-2010 Judge Anthony Sarcione suggested Chamere Thomas use of the remaining time she has behind bars productively by writing a letter.  The judge urged her to pen a note apologizing to the Emergency Medical Technician who had tried to help Thomas during a drug-fueled emotional meltdown in the summer of 2009. Thomas, 29, of Coatesville, bit the EMT on the chest as she was being placed in an ambulance.
"It might be a good idea for you to send a letter of apology to that EMT," Sarcione told Thomas during a hearing Thursday in his courtroom. "These folks place their lives on the line every day for all of us, after all."  Thomas had pleaded guilty to charges of aggravated assault, simple assault, and possession of instruments of crime.

After police put Thomas in the rear of a patrol car, she began kicking and punching the rear doors from inside. As one officer tried to control her, she grabbed for his service weapon in its holster, saying, "Give me your gun."  Police then called Washington Hose Fire Company ambulance to transport her to Brandywine Hospital, reportedly for a psychiatric evaluation.  After the ambulance arrived, EMT Amber Pupko tried to strap Thomas to a stretcher. That's when Thomas bit Pupko's chest through her uniform shirt. Pupko was not seriously injured, Wheatcraft said afterward.  Police checked Thomas' possessions and found a bag of suspected marijuana and a brown bottle containing 55 pills believed to be some sort of painkiller. In her purse they also found the kitchen knife she had used at the store.  Thomas has been in Chester County Prison since July 13 last year. She asked that she be allowed to serve the remaining three months of her sentence there instead of state prison, but Sarcione declined the request, saying the matter warranted state prison time.  The judge also warned Thomas that if she continued to use drugs and commit crimes she would face a longer term in state prison.  "You will go away for a very long time," the judge told her. "It's either life in the community or life behind bars."
                                                            Emergency Medical Technician Assaulted
04-26-2010  A Myrtle Beach Emergency Medical Technician was assaulted after responding to a medical call at Broadway at the Beach. An ambulance was called to Broadway to respond to a medical call about a woman who was intoxicated, had other medical issues, and had blacked out twice. According to the police report, the EMT arrived and attempted to help lift the suspect to her feet. The woman started to swear at the EMT and kicked the ambulance worker in the throat during the move to the ambulance.  The suspect then started to call the female EMT names and try to pull her shirt in an attempt to bring her close to her mouth so the suspect could bite her, according to EMT statements. After getting the suspect into the ambulance, she grabbed the EMT and scratched her arms drawing blood, according to the Myrtle Beach police report. The suspect was taken to Grand Strand Regional Medical facility, where she was so distraught that hospital witnesses said it took nine people to restrain her while medical staff sedated her.  The EMT received medical treatment for the scratches. Police responded to the hospital and took a report and pictures of the injuries. According to the police report, police are seeking a warrant against the suspect for assaulting a medical worker.
                                                   Patient Attacks Paramedic and Bites Arm
Harrisburg Pa 08-08-2010  A Chesterfield County woman is arrested in Pennsylvania, accused of biting the arm of Paramedic.  The alleged attack happened over the weekend in Harrisburg. Police say they were called to a house and found 20-year-old Janae Driver intoxicated and lying on the floor.  When the Medics arrived to treat the patient, Polic state that Driver became agitated and bit one of the Paramedics on the arm, breaking the skin.  Driver was charged with aggravated assault, disorderly conduct and public drunkenness.

Police arrested Driver after being evaluated at the hospital.  Harrisburg Pa 08-08-2010  A Chesterfield County woman is arrested in Pennsylvania, accused of biting the arm of Paramedic.  The alleged attack happened over the weekend in Harrisburg. Police say they were called to a house and found 20-year-old Janae Driver intoxicated and lying on the floor.  When the Medics arrived to treat the patient, Polic state that Driver became agitated and bit one of the Paramedics on the arm, breaking the skin.  Driver was charged with aggravated assault, disorderly conduct and public drunkenness.
Police arrested Driver after being evaluated at the hospital.

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