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After ambulance flipped in crash, paramedics kept working - New York

Tuesday, September 2, 2014  By Rich Newberg

BUFFALO, N.Y. (WIVB) – Just after midnight last Friday at Bryant and Ashland in Buffalo, a Rural Metro ambulance was struck by a wrong-way driver.

The driver, 25-year-old Jeremy Parilla fled his vehicle but was taken into custody soon after. He has been charged with driving under the influence.

Three paramedics and a Buffalo firefighter in the ambulance were badly shaken up, but never stopped attending to their very sick passenger. They were transporting an 8-year-old boy who had suffered cardiac arrest. They managed to restore his pulse before attempting to rush him to Women and Children’s Hospital in Buffalo.

Eric Smith was driving the ambulance and was knocked unconscious. He had become wedged under the dash. When he came to, his first thoughts were not about himself.

He says his first actions were, “Me yelling back to my partners if they were okay. They answered me and I told them to get the child out of the ambulance and take him to the hospital.”

Buffalo Police were able to free Smith from the driver’s seat.

Paramedics Blaine Bosworth and Bill Walsh had been tending to the child in the back of the ambulance. They both struck objects and were stunned. Despite head injuries, they kept focusing on the boy.

“I knew that I was bleeding,” said Walsh. “Didn’t know how bad, but I knew we still had a kid in the back of the rig and we needed to get out.”

Bosworth added, “My first priority was the kid, so I started opening the back door and started helping get the kid out of the ambulance.”

Walsh and Bosworth, with the help of the Buffalo firefighter, got the child out of the ambulance and into a police car that rushed the boy to the hospital. He lived for another half hour before his heart gave out.

“I was still able to talk. I was still able to move. Therefore, I was still able to do my job,” said Walsh.

It’s a stressful job that can put stress on the families of paramedics, as well.

“My wife knows it, as well as my kids do,” said Smith. “Sometimes we have to risk ourselves to help others. We try not to put ourselves in that position, but sometimes you’re put in that position where you don’t have a choice.”

Smith came close to losing his life back in April, when a man was trapped in his burning car on the Kensington Expressway. Smith had reached-in to try and free the man, but the gas line suddenly suddenly ignited.

Smith, along with an NFTA officer and other paramedics, could not save the man and they barely managed to save themselves. 

   


 

2 transported after ambulance crash in Springfield - Tennessee

Tuesday, September 2, 2014  By Stuart Ervin

SPRINGFIELD, TN (WSMV) -A Logan County, KY, ambulance and a redpickup truck were involved in a crash Monday afternoon in Springfield, TN.

According to Robertson County Emergency Medical Services, the crash happened around 2:30 p.m. in the area of Memorial Avenue and Central Avenue.

According to Channel 4 reporter Nancy Amons, the ambulance appeared to T-bone the pickup.

Two people were transported. The patient inside the ambulance was transferred into a Robertson County ambulance and taken to NorthCrest Medical Center.

An occupant of the pickup truck was also transported with non-life-threatening injuries. 

   


 

Police: Paramedic student stabbed during attempted sex assault outside Jacksonville firehouse

Tuesday, September 2, 2014  A female paramedic student tells police she was attacked outside of a Westside fire station.  The Jacksonville Sheriff’s Office has not located a suspect.

The woman told police she left Fire Station No. 52 on Collins Road at 12:45 a.m. Tuesday morning when someone attacked her, according to the incident report.

Jacksonville Fire and Rescue Department spokesman Tom Francis says the victim is a paramedic student.

She suffered a puncture wound below her rib cage and multiple lacerations on her upper thighs.  She accuses her attacker of trying to sexually assault her.

“Upon learning the details of this incredibly reprehensible and despicable crime, we were saddened and above all else angered,” said Tom Francis, public information officer for the Jacksonville Fire Rescue Department.

Francis said the victim is a paramedics student, and according to a heavily redacted JSO police report, she was attacked after leaving the fire station early Thursday morning. Following the attack, she returned to the station for help, banging on multiple doors before passing out near the kitchen. She later awoke, called 911, and was found outside by rescuers with a deep cut to her side and multiple lacerations on her upper thighs.

Francis said the fire department is doing everything they can to help, but Action News has learned there are no surveillance cameras on station property.  

   


 

Wrong-way driver charged in collision with ambulance - New York

Tuesday, September 2, 2014  A vehicle going the wrong way on a one-way street struck a Rural Metro ambulance at Bryant Street and Ashland Avenue early this morning, causing the ambulance to flip over and strike a parked vehicle, Buffalo police said.

The wrong way vehicle also struck a parked vehicle, and the driver then attempted to flee on foot but was apprehended a short time later by officers.

Jeremy Parrilla, 25, of Buffalo was charged with the incident that occurred just after midnight. He is charged with obstruction of governmental administration, driving while under the influence and leaving the scene of an injury accident.

Five people were transported to Erie County Medical Center where they have been treated and released. 

   


 

Police in Buffalo: Driver Who Crashed Into Ambulance Tried to Flee on Foot - New York

Tuesday, September 2, 2014  BUFFALO, N.Y. -- Police said the driver who crashed into an ambulance near Elmwood Avenue in Buffalo tried to flee from the scene on foot.

According to police, James Parrilla, 25 was traveling the wrong way on a one-way street when, around 12 a.m. Friday, he crashed into an ambulance at Bryant Street and Ashland Avenue. The impact caused the ambulance to flip over.

Police said officers caught up to Parrilla a short time later.

Parilla is charged with obstruction of governmental administration, driving while under the influence of drugs or alcohol, and leaving the scene of an injury accident.

At least five people were taken to a Buffalo hospital, but have since been treated and released.




   


 

Paramedics, nurse held at knifepoint in Kanata nursing home - Canada

Tuesday, September 2, 2014  By Marie-Danielle Smith

Two paramedics and a nurse were held at knifepoint between the glass doors of a Kanata nursing home Wednesday night, a paramedic superintendent confirmed.

Darryl Wilton, superintendent of operations with the Ottawa Paramedic Service, said paramedics were responding to a routine call for a patient in their 90s at a nursing home on Aird Place just after 10 p.m.

A man in his 50s who had no connection to the patient took out a knife and held two paramedics and a nurse from the home between the glass doors at the front of the building, Wilton said. He said paramedics attempted to use a stretcher that they were bringing into the building as a barricade between themselves and the man.

Police responded within three minutes and disarmed the man at gunpoint, Wilton said. The man dropped the knife and the three hostages were brought to safety.

Police brought the man into custody.

The three victims were not injured but are being offered counselling, Wilton said. He said police were still documenting what had happened. Police would not provide further details about the incident to the Citizen.

Wilton said paramedics are not given body armour or self-defence training, despite the inherent risk that comes with the job. “They never know what they’re walking into,” he said.

When paramedics are assaulted on the job, this is treated differently than when police officers are assaulted, even if the circumstances are the same, he said. It is an indictable criminal offence to assault a police officer, but not to assault a paramedic.

msmith@ottawacitizen.com

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4 killed in crash of medical flight headed to Phoenix - New Mexico

Tuesday, September 2, 2014  by Juan Carlos Llorca, Associated Press

LAS CRUCES, N.M. (AP) -- An air ambulance carrying a cancer patient to Phoenix crashed shortly after taking off from a southern New Mexico airport, killing all four people aboard, authorities said Thursday.

The twin-engine aircraft had just left the Las Cruces airport on Wednesday evening and was reported by witnesses to be flying low when it hit a mesquite tree in a field, flipped and burst into flames, according to New Mexico State Police Lt. James Frietze.

Tom Latson, an investigator with the National Transportation Safety Board, said it appeared the plane caught fire as it hit the ground.

Crew members killed were identified as 29-year-old pilot Freddy Martinez, 27-year-old flight paramedic Tauren Summers and 35-year-old flight nurse Monica Chavez, all from El Paso, Texas. The patient was identified as 59-year-old Fredrick Green.

Frietze said there weren't any weather issues in the area at the time. Several witnesses reported the plane was flying low before it crashed on federal land surrounded by mesquite trees about 10 miles outside Las Cruces.

Green's 55-year-old brother, Leslie, said the elder Green was living in the Phoenix area when he was diagnosed with a brain tumor. He came to Las Cruces after having surgery to stay with his brother while he underwent radiation treatment.

His condition deteriorated recently, and doctors decided he should return to St. Joseph's Hospital and Medical Center, where he was originally treated, Leslie Green said.

Green said they had a choice Wednesday to put his brother on a plane immediately or wait four hours.

"I kind of wish we had waited," he said. "But you can't change what happened."

Green said he learned about the crash when he called the Phoenix hospital to check on his brother's condition.

He said his brother was a mechanic with two adult sons. The two, he said, had been estranged for years before the older Green became ill.

State police said the plane belonged to Amigos Aviation and was contracted by Elite Medical Transport.

Elite Medical President Rob Campion said the company was "deeply grieved by the loss of the patient and our friends and co-workers." The company was cooperating with investigators from the Federal Aviation Administration and the National Transportation Safety Board, he said.

Amigos did not immediately respond to a telephone message seeking comment.

Latson said it would take about a week to issue a preliminary report about the crash. 

   


 

Man driving wrong way hits ambulance transporting child - New York

Tuesday, September 2, 2014  BUFFALO, N.Y. (WIVB) – A vehicle struck an ambulance transporting a child to the hospital Thursday night, causing the ambulance to flip over and strike a parked car.

The Rural Metro ambulance was transporting a child to Women and Children’s Hospital when it was hit at Ashland Avenue and Bryant Street by a vehicle driving the wrong way down Ashland. The child was taken by a second ambulance to a nearby hospital. In addition, two Rural Metro workers suffered bumps and bruises in the crash.

Buffalo Police say 25-year-old Jeremy Parrilla of Buffalo was arrested in connection to the crash.

A neighbor who lives on the corner says he heard the sound of the accident and came outside. He says Parrilla continued to drive the wrong way down Ashland Avenue after the accident and hit a parked car before getting out of his vehicle and attempting to hide in a nearby backyard. Another neighbor eventually chased him out, where police were waiting for him.

Neighbor Roger Schroeder said, “He was without shoes and running fast when he came out of the yard. I don’t think he had life threatening injuries; his air bag deployed in his vehicle.”

Parrilla is charged with obstruction of governmental administration, driving under the influence of drugs or alcohol, leaving the scene of an injury accident and other charges.

Everyone injured in the accident was taken to ECMC, where they were treated and released.



 

   


 

4 Killed in New Mexico Crash of Medical Flight

Tuesday, September 2, 2014  By JUAN CARLOS LLORCA Associated Press

An air ambulance carrying a cancer patient to Phoenix crashed shortly after taking off from a southern New Mexico airport, killing all four people aboard, authorities said Thursday.

The twin-engine aircraft had just left the Las Cruces airport on Wednesday evening and was reported by witnesses to be flying low when it hit a mesquite tree in a field, flipped and burst into flames, according to New Mexico State Police Lt. James Frietze.

Tom Latson, an investigator with the National Transportation Safety Board, said it appeared the plane caught fire as it hit the ground.

Crew members killed were identified as 29-year-old pilot Freddy Martinez, 27-year-old flight paramedic Tauren Summers and 35-year-old flight nurse Monica Chavez, all from El Paso, Texas. The patient was identified as 59-year-old Fredrick Green.

Frietze said there weren't any weather issues in the area at the time. Several witnesses reported the plane was flying low before it crashed on federal land surrounded by mesquite trees about 10 miles outside Las Cruces.

Green's 55-year-old brother, Leslie, said the elder Green was living in the Phoenix area when he was diagnosed with a brain tumor. He came to Las Cruces after having surgery to stay with his brother while he underwent radiation treatment.

His condition deteriorated recently, and doctors decided he should return to St. Joseph's Hospital and Medical Center, where he was originally treated, Leslie Green said.

Green said they had a choice Wednesday to put his brother on a plane immediately or wait four hours.

"I kind of wish we had waited," he said. "But you can't change what happened."

Green said he learned about the crash when he called the Phoenix hospital to check on his brother's condition.

He said his brother was a mechanic with two adult sons. The two, he said, had been estranged for years before the older Green became ill.

State police said the plane belonged to Amigos Aviation and was contracted by Elite Medical Transport.

Elite Medical President Rob Campion said the company was "deeply grieved by the loss of the patient and our friends and co-workers." The company was cooperating with investigators from the Federal Aviation Administration and the National Transportation Safety Board, he said.

Amigos did not immediately respond to a telephone message seeking comment.

Latson said it would take about a week to issue a preliminary report about the crash. 

   


 

Ambulance struck from behind during transport - Indiana

Tuesday, September 2, 2014  No one was injured in this crash at 3 p.m. Tuesday at the intersection of Ind. 67 and Ind. 144 in Mooresville, said Mooresville Police Officer Brian Kays. A person being transported by ambulance from St. Francis Hospital - Mooresville to I.U. Morgan Hospital in Martinsville was delayed for at least half an hour after being struck from behind in the crash. The patient was non-emergent and was not injured in the crash. The crash occurred when Ni Aung, Indianapolis hit the ambulance, which was stopped in the left turn lane of southbound Ind. 67, from behind. Aung was cited for following to closely. After striking the ambulance, which is owned by Heartland Ambulance Service out of Noblesville, the Mitsubishi Gallant driven by Aung continued on and hit a Honda Accord head-on that was stopped in the northbound land of Ind. 67. The driver of the Accord, Stephanie Hadley, Mooresville, was not injured, Kays said. The Mooresville Police Department, Mooresville Fire Department and Indiana State Police assisted with the crash cleanup and traffic control.  

   


 

MEDICS KEEP WORKING AFTER AMBULANCE FLIPS IN NY

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Tuesday, September 2, 2014  Just after midnight last Friday at Bryant and Ashland in Buffalo, a Rural Metro ambulance was struck by a wrong-way driver.

The driver, 25-year-old Jeremy Parilla fled his vehicle but was taken into custody soon after. He has been charged with driving under the influence.

Three paramedics and a Buffalo firefighter in the ambulance were badly shaken up, but never stopped attending to their very sick passenger. They were transporting an 8-year-old boy who had suffered cardiac arrest. They managed to restore his pulse before attempting to rush him to Women and Children’s Hospital in Buffalo.

Eric Smith was driving the ambulance and was knocked unconscious. He had become wedged under the dash. When he came to, his first thoughts were not about himself.

He says his first actions were, “Me yelling back to my partners if they were okay. They answered me and I told them to get the child out of the ambulance and take him to the hospital.”

Buffalo Police were able to free Smith from the driver’s seat.

Paramedics Blaine Bosworth and Bill Walsh had been tending to the child in the back of the ambulance. They both struck objects and were stunned. Despite head injuries, they kept focusing on the boy.

“I knew that I was bleeding,” said Walsh. “Didn’t know how bad, but I knew we still had a kid in the back of the rig and we needed to get out.”

Bosworth added, “My first priority was the kid, so I started opening the back door and started helping get the kid out of the ambulance.”

Walsh and Bosworth, with the help of the Buffalo firefighter, got the child out of the ambulance and into a police car that rushed the boy to the hospital. He lived for another half hour before his heart gave out.

“I was still able to talk. I was still able to move. Therefore, I was still able to do my job,” said Walsh.

It’s a stressful job that can put stress on the families of paramedics, as well.

“My wife knows it, as well as my kids do,” said Smith. “Sometimes we have to risk ourselves to help others. We try not to put ourselves in that position, but sometimes you’re put in that position where you don’t have a choice.”

Smith came close to losing his life back in April, when a man was trapped in his burning car on the Kensington Expressway. Smith had reached-in to try and free the man, but the gas line suddenly suddenly ignited.

Smith, along with an NFTA officer and other paramedics, could not save the man and they barely managed to save themselves.

http://wivb.com/2014/09/01/putting-anothers-life-first/


   


 

PARAMEDIC STUDENT ATTACKED OUTSIDE JAX FIREHOUSE

Friday, August 29, 2014  The Jacksonville Sheriff's Office is investigating an attack on a female paramedic student at a fire station on the Westside.

According to the incident report obtained by Action News, a woman told police she left Fire Station No. 52 on Collins Road at 12:45 a.m. when someone attacked her.

JFRD spokesman Tom Francis and Chief Marty Senterfitt told Action News the victim is a paramedic student.

Police said the woman suffered a puncture wound below her rib cage and multiple lacerations on her upper thighs.

"Upon learning the details of this incredibly reprehensible and despicable crime we were saddened and above all else angered," said JFRD Public Information Officer Tom Francis.  

The woman told police the attacker ran off in an undetermined direction, according to the report.  The woman said she went to the fire station and banged on the door for help before passing out.

According to police, she came to and called 911 and firefighters found her quickly after the station went on alert.

"As we learn more information perhaps in the aftermath of this incident, take a look at some of the measures that take place as it relates to this particular program involving the training of paramedics," said Francis.  

- See more at: http://www.actionnewsjax.com/news/news/local/jfrd-jso-investigating-incident-involving-female-p/nhBMJ/#sthash.PFmgfKZp.dpuf



     

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Two injured in East Bridgewater accident involving ambulance - Massachusetts

Wednesday, August 27, 2014  By Maria Papadopoulos 

EAST BRIDGEWATER - Two drivers suffered minor injuries during a three-vehicle accident involving an ambulance that had been transporting a patient to a local hospital, police said. The accident occurred about 1:30 p.m. at West and Spring streets, said police Sgt. Mike McLaughlin. A preliminary investigation found that the driver of ambulance, which had its emergency lights flashing, was on Spring Street and about to turn onto Route 106, or West Street, when a female driver traveling eastbound on Route 106 took a left turn in front of another car traveling westbound on Route 106, McLaughlin said. The impact between the two cars pushed the car traveling eastbound into the ambulance, he said.Both car drivers were sent to a hospital with minor injuries, McLaughlin said. There was minor damage to the ambulance, and the ambulance attendants suffered no injuries.Other ambulances responded to the scene to transport the injured and the patient inside the ambulance to a local hospital.Police are continuing their investigation. 

   


 

Odessa Fire/Rescue ambulance involved in accident - Texas

Tuesday, August 26, 2014  BY JARED WILSON jwilson@oaoa.com

An ambulance in the Odessa Fire and Rescue’s fleet was involved in a two vehicle collision Monday afternoon on University Boulevard near JBS Parkway.

Cpl. Steve LeSueur, spokesman with the Odessa Police Department, said that at about 5:15 p.m. Monday an ambulance with lights and sirens activated was headed to a minor accident in the 4900 block of University Boulevard.



The driver of a Ford Mustang reportedly made an illegal U-turn in the 4500 block of east University Boulevard and collided with the ambulance, LeSueur said.

Sgt. Jon Foust with OPD said on scene that there were no injuries as a result of the accident.

The driver of the Mustang, who was not identified, was cited for failure to yield the right of way to an emergency vehicle. 

   


 

Car Crashes Head-on Into Ambulance Near Hospital - Philadelphia

Tuesday, August 26, 2014  By Dan Stamm

Investigators say a driver trying to avoid traffic slammed into a Philadelphia ambulance overnight.

The crash caused part of N Board Street near Temple University Hospital to be closed near Tioga Street in North Philadelphia.






According to police on the scene, a Medic 25 ambulance was driving southbound when a car pulled out in front of it around 2:45 a.m. Investigators said it appeared the driver of the northbound car was speeding went he in the southbound lanes to avoid stopped traffic in the northbound lanes.

The driver of the car suffered head injuries and was rushed to nearby Temple University Hospital in critical condition. No medics were hurt and a patient in the back of the ambulance didn't suffer further injuries.






The crash left the roadway closed for nearly two hours.

This crash came a day after six people were hurt in a three-vehicle crash involving an ambulance in the city’s East Mount Airy neighborhood.








   


 
 
 

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