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UPDATE: SAN DIEGO FFs RECOVERING FROM STABBING

Thursday, June 25, 2015  Two firefighters were injured in an apparent stabbing attack Wednesday afternoon during a medical-aid call in the East Village.A man pulled a knife or similar weapon and assaulted the emergency personnel shortly before 4 p.m. as they were trying to treat him for some sort of ailment in the 600 block of Park Boulevard, according to the San Diego Fire- Rescue Department.

An ambulance crew was called to the scene for the firefighters. It was unclear how seriously they were hurt.

Police had a suspect in custody within 15 minutes of the altercation, SDPD Officer Humberto Hernandez said. The arrestee’s name was not immediately available.

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Officers are responding to reports that two firefighters have suffered injuries of unknown severity in a knife assault in the 600 block of Park Boulevard in the East Village, a San Diego police spokesman says. A possible suspect has been taken into custody, he says. 

   


 

Police fatally shoot man who pulled knife on medics

Thursday, June 25, 2015   By Domingo Ramirez Jr.Fort Worth Star-Telegram

FORT WORTH, Texas — A patrol officer fatally shot a man who pulled a knife on paramedics and firefighters Tuesday morning inside a Western wear store, police said.

The man, whom authorities did not identify, was shot at least once and died at a Fort Worth hospital, said Cmdr. Chris Crawford, a police spokesman.

No one else was injured in the incident at David’s Western Wear, 1811 S. Main St.

“The officer arrived on the scene and was told that the man was inside the business,” Crawford said. “There was a confrontation near the front of the door, and the officer fired his weapon.”

The man fell, and the officer kicked the knife away, Crawford said. The officer and paramedics gave the man medical care before he was taken to Texas Health Harris Methodist Hospital Fort Worth.

The incident began with a medical call about 10:50 a.m. in the 1800 block of South Main Street.

“Someone called 911 to say that there was a man lying on a parking lot median,” Crawford said. “The man had been acting strangely. He had tripped and fallen.”

Paramedics and firefighters arrived and found the man still lying down. “The man continued to act strangely,” Crawford said. “The man stood up and pulled a knife out.” At some point, he walked into the store.

Police did not release information on how many times the officer fired. The officer, whose name was not released, was placed on administrative leave, which is standard policy when a Weatherford officer is involved in a shooting, Crawford said.

   


 

Man charged with stealing ambulance from Stroger Hospital - Chicago

Monday, June 22, 2015  A man has been charged with stealing a Chicago Fire Department ambulance from Stroger Hospital early Sunday.

William J. Quackenbush, 49, faces one count of possession of a stolen second division vehicle, a Class 1 felony, according to Alexandra Normington, spokeswoman for the Cook County Health & Hospitals System.
About 6:30 a.m., while the CFD paramedic crew was in the back of the ambulance readying the vehicle to come back into service after taking a patient to Stroger Hosptial, at 1969 W. Ogden Ave., someone jumped in the front and started driving, Fire Media Affairs Director Larry Langford said.







Langford said the stretcher was hanging out the back of the ambulance as it drove away because the crew was still in the process of cleaning the vehicle itself.

For their own safety, the paramedics jumped out of the ambulance and immediately notified Cook County Hospital Police that the vehicle had been stolen, Langford said.

The officers chased the vehicle and recovered it about a block away, Langford said. The driver, who may have been intoxicated, was arrested without incident and no one was injured.

Quackenbush, of the 500 block of North Desplaines, was scheduled for a bond hearing Monday, Normington said. 

   


 

Ambulance driver involved in fatal accident pleads guilty - Utah

Friday, June 19, 2015  OGDEN -- An EMT pleaded guilty to his involvement in a 2012 wreck that took the life of a woman.

Sean Stephens-Applonie appeared in 2nd District Court of Ogden on Wednesday to announce a resolution to the 3-year-old case.

Stephens-Applonie was originally charged with negligent homicide, but agreed to plead guilty to negligent collision, a class B misdemeanor. The conviction came with a $250 fee, which he was required to pay that same day.

“Under all the circumstances in the case, considering the defendant’s history and with the consultation of the family of the victim, it was the right thing to do,” Weber County Deputy Attorney Chris Shaw said.

On July 6, 2012, the North Davis Fire District ambulance driver was transporting a patient from another accident when the ambulance collided with another vehicle at U.S. 89 and Sunset Drive in South Ogden.

Arline H. Logan, 88, was killed in the crash and several others were injured.

Stephens-Applonie, according to police reports and court documents, had the ambulance lights and sirens active, but lawyers debated whether or not he had slowed down at the intersection during a red light. Ambulances can run red lights, but only if they slow down and proceed cautiously. 

Prosecutors alleged that he did not slow down, not giving the colliding car enough time to see him.

The case was delayed multiple times due to debate between lawyers over what type of expert witnesses would be allowed to testify at a trial.

Stephens-Applonie is currently an EMT employed with South Jordan City.

Contact reporter Andreas Rivera at 801-625-4227 or arivera@standard.net. Follow him on Twitter at @SE_Andreas.

 

   


 

Paramedics Injured After Ambulance Rolls To Avoid Furniture - Minnesota

Friday, June 19, 2015  MINNEAPOLIS (WCCO) – Two paramedics are recovering Sunday after rolling an ambulance in Edina to avoid furniture that had fallen onto the highway.

The incident happened around 10:30 p.m. Saturday along Highway 100 south of Vernon Avenue.

The State Patrol says there was not a patient on board at the time.

The driver of the ambulance swerved to avoid a piece of lawn furniture that had fell out of the vehicle in front of them.

That caused the ambulance to roll on its side.

The paramedics with Edina Fire Rescue suffered minor injuries.

The State Patrol said the vehicle that lost the furniture did not stop. 

   


 

Ambulance overturns on Route 460 in Bluefield, 4 hurt - West Virginia

Friday, June 19, 2015  BLUEFIELD, WV (WVVA)  Traffic is backed-up on Route 460 in Bluefield after an ambulance overturns in the median.

The crash happened around 4:30 p.m. Tuesday near the Cumberland Road intersection. Traffic is at a standstill in the eastbound lanes as of 5:15 p.m.

The driver, two emergency medical technicians, and a patient were on board the Mercy Ambulance Service vehicle.  All four were taken to the hospital. We do not know the extent of their injuries. 

The Bluefield Rescue Squad, Bluefield Fire Dept. and Bluefield Police Department responded to the crash.

Look for more information on WVVA News at 6.  

   


 

Ambulance tips over following crash in Holland - Michigan

Friday, June 19, 2015  HOLLAND, Mich. –Several people were injured in a crash that caused an ambulance to tip over on its side Wednesday evening. It happened just after 6:00 p.m. in the area of 32nd Street and US-31 in Holland.  32nd Street was closed in the area of US-31 following the crash as police investigated.

The Ottawa County Sheriff’s Office said the ambulance tipped over with a patient inside. Family on scene identify the patient as Larry Dsarmo, 62.

Authorities said the patient was in serious condition at the time of the crash. Lorie Rose, a family friend, said Dsarmo was in cardiac arrest when he was being rushed to the hospital. Dsarmo’s wife had just given him CPR before he was taken away in the ambulance, Rose said.

“We made it to Holland Hospital and waited for the ambulance, and shortly after they got a call and said that one of their ambulances had been in an accident,” she said.

“It just kind of blows my mind that people can go through the intersection when there’s an ambulance or any kind of fire truck ambulance going through the intersection. They need to stop.”

Family said Dsarmo was rushed to another hospital in Grand Rapids instead and is in stable condition.

The ambulance was heading to the hospital  when it was hit by a truck in the middle of the intersection.  Six people were taken to the hospital. There were four rescue personnel and the patient inside the ambulance.   The driver in the truck, a man form Kalamazoo, was also taken for treatment. 

   


 

4 hospitalized after ambulance rolls in crash - Michigan

Friday, June 19, 2015  HOLLAND, Mich. (WOOD) — Four people were hospitalized Wednesday evening after an ambulance was involved in a crash and rolled onto its side.

The crash involving the AMR ambulance and a pickup truck happened around 6:10 p.m. on 32nd Street near US-31 in Holland.

The westbound ambulance had its lights and siren on as it carried a 62-year-old patient from Zeeland Township to Holland Community Hospital when it stopped briefly at the US-31 intersection, according to the Holland Department of Public Safety. Traffic on US-31 was stopping, so the ambulance proceeded into the intersection, at which point it was hit by the pickup truck and tipped over.

Four people who were in the ambulance — the patient, paramedic Tammy Scholten, and Zeeland Township firefighters David Walcott and Terry Boerman — were hospitalized. The paramedic and firefighters sustained non-life-threatening injuries.

The patient was hospitalized for the original medical emergency. Police said it was unclear whether he sustained further injuries in the crash.

Police on the scene initially said all five people in the ambulance were hospitalized, but a release later Wednesday said the ambulance driver, Joshua Sprik, was not hurt.

The driver of the pickup truck, a Vicksburg man, told authorities he didn’t see or hear the ambulance coming. He was also not hurt.

32nd Avenue was closed between US-31 and Lincoln Avenue as crews were on the scene and reopened around 8:30 p.m.

Neither speed nor alcohol were factors in the crash, police said.

No tickets had been issued as of Thursday afternoon. Police said the investigation into the crash would be forwarded to the prosecutor for review. 

   


 

4 COPS - 3 MEDICS INJURED IN LOWELL, MA CHEMICAL SUICIDE

Thursday, June 11, 2015   Police say 1 person is dead, and several were injured in a 'chemical suicide' in Lowell.

Lowell Police were called to 47 Rock Street. Police say early indications are the death involved a suicide involving a man who has been the subject of domestic issues. 4 officers who responded to the scene were exposed to chemical gases. All 4 were decontaminated on scene and taken to the hospital.

Police say a paramedic and 2 EMT's as well as 3 residents of the building were taken to the hospital for examination.

Police tell 7's Steve Cooper this incident involved hydrogen sulfide.

The state fire marshal is on scene and we are told there will be a news conference soon.

     



 

Names released after ambulance crash, charges not expected - North Carolina

Thursday, June 11, 2015  Troopers say three people were trapped in an wrecked ambulance after hot power lines fell on it this afternoon.

The crash happened around 1:50 p.m. on U.S. 13 near the Highway 91 intersection north of Snow Hill.

Troopers say the JAS ambulance was heading north when it ran off the road, took out a power pole and landed in a ditch. Two employees and a patient were trapped inside.

Troopers believe that 25-year-old Kyle Dinan of Wilson blacked out causing the ambulance to crash.

James Reavis, a JAS employee, was in the back of the ambulance with the patient, Sandra Williams of Goldsboro. 

They were taken to Wayne Memorial hospital with non life threatening injuries.

Because the lines fell on the ambulance, a Duke Energy crew from Kinston was called in to cut off the power. An employee and the patient were injured, and rescue crews couldn't help them for nearly an hour due to the electric lines.

Highway Patrol does not expect charges to be filed in the case. 

   


 

Ambulance driver to be charged in Port Huron crash - Michigan

Thursday, June 11, 2015  Beth LeBlanc, Times Herald

The 29-year-old driver of an ambulance involved in a serious crash April 1 will be charged with a misdemeanor in relation to the incident.

According to court records, Elyse Flores, of Washington Township, faces a charge of moving violation causing serious impairment of body function, a misdemeanor punishable by up to 93 days in jail and/or a $500 fine.

The charge stems from an April 1 crash at the intersection of Pine Grove Avenue and Harker Street in which at least one person was critically injured.

Police have said a Tri-Hospital EMS ambulance was traveling in an “emergency capacity” south on Pine Grove Avenue with a 71-year-old patient at the time of the crash.

Police believe the ambulance driver went through a red light at Harker and hit the driver’s side of a vehicle exiting the Interstate 94/I-69 ramp.

Flores, another medic and a firefighter were taken to the hospital and later released. The 71-year-old patient was transferred to another ambulance and taken to the hospital.

A 26-year-old St. Clair woman driving the other vehicle and her 20-year-old China Township passenger were extricated from the vehicle, taken to McLaren Port Huron and later transferred to McLaren Macomb.

The St. Clair woman was in critical condition in the days after the crash. No updates were available on her condition.

Port Huron Police Capt. Jeff Baker said investigators believe Flores failed to yield before proceeding through the red light April 1. He said witnesses have said the ambulance’s emergency lights came on in or around the area of the crash.

“(Investigators) found that there was some negligence on the part of the ambulance driver,” Baker said.

Baker said emergency vehicles must ensure the intersection is clear before proceeding through a red light.

“It’s really unfortunate,” Baker said. “It’s pretty clear that this was a mistake.

“When you’re operating in an emergency capacity like that there’s a lot of things going on.”

Ken Cummings, chief executive officer for Tri-Hospital EMS, said Flores has since resigned from her position.

“The entire accident was just tremendously unfortunate,” Cummings said. “It is just really inconsistent with our practices and standards.”

Cummings said ambulance drivers at Tri-Hospital EMS go through extensive training before getting behind the wheel of an ambulance. He said Tri-Hospital conducted an internal investigation following the crash.

“Our heart goes out to the victims that were involved in it,” Cummings said.

“In 35 years of operating an EMS organization, without question, this was the worst accident that we’ve had. We can’t take it back, but we can definitely learn from it.”

Contact Beth LeBlanc at (810) 989-6259, eleblanc@gannett.com, or on Twitter @THBethLeBlanc. 

   


 

Man escapes restraints and steals ambulance - Milwaukee

Friday, June 5, 2015  By Vivian Wang
Milwaukee Journal Sentinel 

MILWAUKEE — Deputies from the Ozaukee County Sheriff's Office found themselves in a string of bizarre circumstances Monday that left several officers with bite marks and a stolen ambulance.

According to a news release issued Thursday, deputies responded to a one-vehicle accident on Interstate 43 near Port Washington just before 7 a.m. Monday. A Superior Ambulance from Chicago had rolled over, with the driver, 23-year-old Chicago resident Michael Buckner, as the only occupant.

Shortly after the accident, a passerby stopped to assist Buckner and offered him a ride. But the passerby soon became concerned for his safety and pulled over to call the sheriff's office. The passerby exited the vehicle while on the phone with dispatchers — and Buckner climbed into the driver's seat and drove away, according to the news release.

Buckner drove a short distance before he was taken into custody without incident.

An investigation soon revealed that Buckner had been a hospital patient in Chicago. During the course of a medical transport from one facility to another, Buckner had escaped his restraints and stolen the ambulance.

The Ozaukee County Sheriff's Office arrested him on suspicion of operating a motor vehicle without the owner's consent.

But the excitement didn't stop there. While he was in the Ozaukee County Jail, Buckner appeared to have a medical crisis and was transported to a local hospital. At the hospital, he became violent and attacked the deputies standing guard.

Three officers suffered non-life-threatening injuries, including bite marks and lacerations. Buckner also suffered non-life-threatening injuries and received treatment.

He is currently being held at a secure medical facility on criminal charges issued by the Illinois State Police and will be returned to Illinois soon, police said. 

   


 

SUV struck ambulance, flipped it on its side - New York

Thursday, June 4, 2015  By 

BUFFALO, N.Y. (WIVB) — Investigators are looking into an accident involving an ambulance Wednesday morning. Officers were called to the intersection of Oak and William Streets overnight. 

Police tell News 4 that the ambulance was trying to make a right turn onto William when it was struck from behind by the SUV.  The ambulance then flipped onto its side.

Rural Metro officials said the two crew members inside were not seriously hurt but were treated and released from ECMC.

The driver of the SUV, a 25 year-old Buffalo man, was ticketed for failing to yield to an emergency vehicle and driving with a suspended license. 

   


 

Ambulance flips onto its side following crash - New York

Thursday, June 4, 2015  By Jim Herr

BUFFALO, N.Y. (WKBW) - A Rural Metro Medical Services ambulance ended up on its side after a late night crash Tuesday.

The crash happened just before midnight at the intersection of Oak and William Streets. A black vehicle and the ambulance collided, causing the ambulance to turn over onto its side.

An eyewitness told 7 Eyewitness News the ambulance was traveling with its emergency lights and sirens activated. The ambulance was en route to a medical emergency call and was not transporting a patient, according to a source.

Two Rural Metro employees were taken to ECMC, where they were treated and released.

The driver of the vehicle that hit the ambulance, a 25-year-old Buffalo man, was ticketed for failing to yield to an emergency vehicle and driving on a suspended license. 

   


 

Firefighter hurt in accident involving an ambulance and fire truck - Michigan

Thursday, June 4, 2015  STERLING HEIGHTS, Mich. (WXYZ) - A firefighter has been injured in an accident involving an ambulance and a fire truck.

The accident happened on Hayes and Shoreline in Sterling Heights.

The firefighter has been taken to the hospital. There is no word on his condition. 

   


 
 
 

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