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Man cited after crashing into ambulance - Colorado

Thursday, September 3, 2015  By Angela Case

COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. — A man was cited after crashing into an ambulance that was responding to an emergency Friday evening.

Police said the crash happened around 6:30 p.m. at the intersection of Austin Bluffs Parkway and Academy Boulevard. Witnesses told police the ambulance, which had its lights and siren activated, slowed at the intersection, waited for traffic to stop, and then began to proceed through the intersection. A car that was headed west on Austin Bluffs failed to stop and hit the ambulance.

Police said there were no significant injuries in the crash.

The driver of the car, Kevin Eddinger, was cited for careless driving resulting in an accident and failure to yield to an emergency vehicle. 

   


 

Man arrested after pointing gun at paramedic - Texas

Thursday, September 3, 2015  By Travis Ruiz

AMARILLO, Texas -- The man accused of pointing a gun at an Amarillo paramedic is now in custody following a lengthy standoff Monday evening. 


He was identified as 56-year-old Timothy Carl McFaul. After being medically cleared, McFaul was booked into the Randall County Jail on a charge of Aggravated Assault with a Deadly Weapon. 

The incident started at about 6:40 when paramedics responded to the report of a fallen man at a home in the 4100-block of South Monroe Street. 

When paramedics arrived at the home, police said man, now identified as McFaul, who had reportedly fallen, picked up a long gun and pointed it at one of the paramedics. The paramedics and a woman who was inside the home left the home. 

Police then arrived, along with SWAT negotiators. Police said McFaul would not respond to the officer's commands. A bomb team robot was able to find McFaul by video view. It captured him appearing to be asleep in bed. 

About 5 hours later, SWAT officers went inside the home and took McFaul into custody without any further incident. 

Officers found a .22 caliber rifle they believed was the weapon pointed at paramedics, police said. 

   


 

LODD: Minn. FF/Paramedic collapses in station, fatal heart attack

Thursday, September 3, 2015  By Jaime DeLage
Pioneer Press

St. Paul, Minn. — A St. Paul firefighter died of a heart attack Monday evening after collapsing at his Merriam Park firehouse, the first loss of a city firefighter in the line of duty since 2009.

Firefighter-paramedic Shane Clifton, 38, collapsed after exercising at Station 14, 111 N. Snelling Ave. He was later pronounced dead at Regions Hospital, according to Fire Chief Tim Butler.

Butler, Mayor Chris Coleman and other officials expressed condolences to Clifton's family and colleagues during a news conference Monday night at Fire Department headquarters.

"It is never easy when we lose someone that puts his life on the line on a daily basis and works so hard to save others," Coleman said.

Clifton, who staffed Engine 14 and Medic 14, was on duty and was working out just after 5 p.m. Monday when he suddenly wasn't feeling well and then collapsed at the firehouse, Butler said.

He was treated by fellow firefighters and medics at the firehouse three blocks north of Summit Avenue and then transported to Regions Hospital, where lifesaving efforts continued, Butler said. He was pronounced dead at 6:40 p.m. He had suffered a catastrophic cardiac arrest.

Before joining the St. Paul Fire Department on Oct. 1, 2007, Clifton, a Navy veteran, worked as an emergency department technician at Unity Hospital in Fridley and at Allina emergency medical services.

Clifton was an extraordinary firefighter, a superb paramedic and strong as an ox, said Mike Smith, president of the International Association of Fire Fighters Local 21.

"This is the hardest day," a choked-up Smith said. "We're not supposed to be trying to save our own. We do this ... for the citizens of St. Paul."

With Clifton's death, 63 St. Paul firefighters have died in the line of duty since 1854.

The most recent death in the line of duty was Ramon "Ray" Hain, who contracted a blood-borne pathogen while responding to an emergency medical call in 1996. The pathogen led to an infection that severely damaged his heart. He never returned to his firefighting duties and died in 2009 at age 50.

Clifton had two children who, along with his parents, will receive the support of the department and union.

The Station 14 colleagues who worked to save Clifton's life were sent home to their own families and relieved by firefighters from other stations.

The firefighters at Station 14 late Monday remembered Clifton as a fun-loving and hard-working teammate. They said he did his time rotating through St. Paul stations until he was able to get the assignment he wanted, which was Engine 14.

"He loved his job and he loved being a firefighter," said Capt. Dennis Jones.

HOW TO HELP

The St. Paul Fire Honor Guard is collecting donations for memorial markers at the fire stations or place of death of the department's fallen firefighters. The plaques have been funded by donations from community members, families of the fallen firefighters and Hubbard Broadcasting. Additional donations are being accepted at stpaulfirehonorguard.org, where you can see a map of plaques and information about each fallen firefighter. 

   


 

Two Barry-Lawrence ambulances damaged in crash - Montana

Thursday, September 3, 2015  Two Barry-Lawrence County Ambulance District ambulances received damage in a three-vehicle collision at 4:08 p.m. on Friday on Highway 60, three miles east of Neosho at Highway 59. 

According to the Missouri State Highway Patrol, the ambulances were eastbound on Highway 60 and approached a 2001 Ford Windstar SUV, driven by Joshua Gose, 30, of Springfield, that had stopped in traffic to make a left turn onto Highway 59. The first ambulance, driven by Shala Bass, 25, of Diamond, slowed to stop, but was struck in the rear by the second ambulance, driven by Jesse Merritt, 25, of Aurora. The impact pushed the first ambulance into the rear of Gose's SUV before traveling off the south edge of the roadway. The ambulance driven by Merritt continued east and also collided with the SUV. 

All three drivers were wearing seat belts and were transferred to Joplin hospitals for treatment. Merritt had moderate injuries while Bass and Gose received minor injuries. 

Gose's SUV received moderate damage. Merritt's ambulance had extensive damage. Bass's ambulance had moderate damage. Both were 2013 Chevrolet rigs. 

The Barry-Lawrence Ambulance District has four ambulances in service, plus a fifth ambulance that was going to be sold. Mike Bennett, district board president, said the vehicle up for sale will be put back into service. The district will continue to answer calls with its two full-time crews, and has a back-up vehicle available if needed. 

   


 

Patient stabs firefighter in hospital - California

Thursday, September 3, 2015  LOS ANGELES — A firefighter with the Los Angeles Fire Department was stabbed by a patient at a hospital Tuesday night.

KTLA reported that the stabbing occurred around 9:30 p.m. in the hospital emergency room while the patient was on a mental health hold.

The patient had been brought to the hospital by paramedics after being picked up at a bus station in downtown Los Angeles for an unknown medical condition. That's when he allegedly pulled a knife out of his sock, stabbed the firefighter and threatened other hospital staff members before being tackled by security guards, according to the report.

The firefighter is in stable condition with a non life-threatening wound to his arm. Two people on the emergency room staff were also injured in the struggle to subdue the patient after the stabbing, according to Pasadena Star News. Their injuries are minor.

The unidentified patient is in custody and is expected to be booked on suspicion of attempted murder. 

   


 

2 AMBULANCES INVOLVED IN SAME CRASH IN MO

Monday, August 31, 2015   Two Barry-Lawrence County Ambulance District ambulances received damage in a three-vehicle collision at 4:08 p.m. on Friday on Highway 60, three miles east of Neosho at Highway 59.

According to the Missouri State Highway Patrol, the ambulances were eastbound on Highway 60 and approached a 2001 Ford Windstar SUV, driven by Joshua Gose, 30, of Springfield, that had stopped in traffic to make a left turn onto Highway 59. The first ambulance, driven by Shala Bass, 25, of Diamond, slowed to stop, but was struck in the rear by the second ambulance, driven by Jesse Merritt, 25, of Aurora. The impact pushed the first ambulance into the rear of Gose's SUV before traveling off the south edge of the roadway. The ambulance driven by Merritt continued east and also collided with the SUV.

All three drivers were wearing seat belts and were transferred to Joplin hospitals for treatment. Merritt had moderate injuries while Bass and Gose received minor injuries.

Gose's SUV received moderate damage. Merritt's ambulance had extensive damage. Bass's ambulance had moderate damage. Both were 2013 Chevrolet rigs.

The Barry-Lawrence Ambulance District has four ambulances in service, plus a fifth ambulance that was going to be sold. Mike Bennett, district board president, said the vehicle up for sale will be put back into service. The district will continue to answer calls with its two full-time crews, and has a back-up vehicle available if needed.

   


 

Ambulance involved in Scarborough crash - Georgia

Sunday, August 30, 2015  SCARBOROUGH (WGME) -- A car is wrecked, and an ambulance is undergoing repairs, after a collision in Scarborough.
    
Officers say the ambulance was responding to a call, and tried to make a U-turn on Route 1.
    
That's when police say a car, following too closely, hit the side of the ambulance.
    
Officials say it's important to move over for emergency vehicles.
    
"There is a move over law which is fairly new and a lot of people don’t understand it,” Deputy Chief Glen Deering said. “If you see a fire apparatus or police cruiser, even a wrecker, you should be pulling to the left and giving them plenty of room to get by."
    
No one is hurt, but the department says the crash will put the ambulance out of service for a while. 

   


 

Ambulance, SUV crash in Toms River - New Jersey

Sunday, August 30, 2015  TOMS RIVER – An SUV collided with an ambulance Friday in front of the public works building, police said.

Police responded around 11:50 a.m. to the crash at the intersection of North Bay Avenue and Church Road, according to an email statement from Officer Ralph Stocco.

One person suffered a minor injury, Stocco said. He didn't say whether the ambulance had a patient on board.

A traffic sign was bent in the crash. The twisted metal and a box of blue gloves lay on the grass in front of the public works building Friday afternoon.

Steph Solis: 732-643-4043; ssolis@gannettnj.com 

   


 

Four hurt in wreck involving ambulance in Cheviot - Ohio

Thursday, August 27, 2015  By 

CHEVIOT, Ohio —Four people were injured in a crash involving an ambulance Wednesday afternoon in Cheviot.

According to Cheviot fire, a First Care ambulance was driving south on North Bend Road when it collided with an SUV driving north. The two vehicles became pinned against a parked car.

Authorities said four people suffered significant injuries.

Three were in the ambulance: two caregivers and a patient. The fourth person hurt was in the SUV, police said.

All were transported to UC Medical Center.  

   


 

Woman hurt, ambulance struck in Rt. 191 crashes in Lower Nazareth - Pennsylvania

Tuesday, August 25, 2015  By Pamela Sroka-Holzmann | For lehighvalleylive.com 

An elderly woman was seriously injured Sunday and a Nazareth ambulance was struck during separate crashes that occurred along Route 191 in Lower Nazareth Township.

Colonial Regional Police Chief Roy Seiple said the first crash occurred around 3:30 p.m. An elderly couple was northbound, attempted to turn left into Joe's Flower Market and was broadsided by an oncoming vehicle, he said.

The female passenger -- her name was not released -- was taken to the hospital and was in critical condition Monday, Seiple said.

During the second crash around the same time, a Nazareth Ambulance Corps vehicle was transporting a patient to a hospital and was struck by another vehicle, he said.

There were no reported injuries in that crash, Seiple said. The road remained open and traffic was diverted around the crash scenes.

Initial reports had indicated multiple people were entrapped inside vehicles and a motorcyclist or bicyclist was struck, but those reports turned out to be false, according to Seiple. 

   


 

Ambulance struck by vehicle in Century City; 3 hospitalized - California

Tuesday, August 25, 2015  A Los Angeles Fire Department ambulance responding to a call for service was struck by a vehicle in the Central City area of Los Angeles, sending three people to a hospital, police said Monday.

The accident happened at Sixteenth and Main streets around 9:45 p.m. Sunday, said Sgt. Rares Isai of the Los Angeles Police Department’s Central Traffic Division.

“There was no patient in the back of the ambulance,” which was responding to a call for service, Isai said.    “The driver of the vehicle failed to yield” and “the ambulance was hit and pushed onto a sidewalk.”

One person from the civilian vehicle was transported to California Hospital with minor injuries and the paramedics were transported to the same facility to be checked by doctors as a precaution, Isai said. 

   


 

Man Charged with Threatening Police, Assault of Paramedic - Kentucky

Tuesday, August 25, 2015  BELTON, Ky. (8/24/15) — A Belton man has been charged with assault, disorderly conduct, resisting arrest and terroristic threatening after police say he threatened a police officer and attempted to kick a paramedic.

According to a Muhlenberg County Sheriff's report, Deputy Derrick Moore responded to a report of a structure fire Sunday, Aug. 23 on Mill Road, Belton.

The report said after Moore and other first responders arrived at the scene, Robert Chumley of Merle Travis Highway, Belton, threatened Moore and approached him in an aggressive manner. Moore deployed his Tazer incapacitating Chumley.

The report also said that while being treated by a paramedic with the Muhlenberg Ambulance Service, Chumley attempted to kick the emergency worker.

Chumley was charged with third-degree assault, second-degree disorderly conduct, terroristic threatening and resisting arrest.

Beechmont Fire Department, Muhlenberg Ambulance Service, Kentucky State Police and other sheriff's deputies responded to the incident.

SurfKY News


Information provided by Sheriff Curtis McGehee 

   


 

Police: Ambulance struck by gunfire on Long Island - New York

Sunday, August 23, 2015  FREEPORT, N.Y. (AP) — Police say a Long Island man fired several gunshots, striking a passing ambulance, during an argument with his brother.

Nassau County police say 29-year-old Eric Torres was in an argument with his brother Saturday morning in Freeport when he began shooting a handgun out of a window of his apartment on West Merrick Road.

Authorities say at least one of the bullets struck a passing ambulance. No one was injured.

Police say Torres refused to exit his apartment for more than an hour.

When he surrendered, officers arrested him on weapons possession, reckless endangerment and criminal mischief charges.

His brother was also arrested after police discovered he had an open warrant.

It was not immediately clear whether either of the men had attorneys who could comment on the allegations. 

   


 

Jeep driver cited in crash with ambulance - Arizona

Sunday, August 23, 2015  By James Gilbert, @YSJamesGilbert

The driver of a red 1998 Jeep Cherokee was cited for failure to yield following a non-injury collision with an ambulance in the 1000 block of West 16th Street in Yuma on Friday afternoon.

Yuma Police Department spokesman Officer Joe Franklin said the accident, which left the Jeep off the roadway halfway into a parking lot and on the sidewalk, happened at approximately 1:58 p.m.

Franklin said the investigation into the accident revealed that an ambulance operated by Rural Metro was travelling eastbound on 16th Street from Avenue A.


At the same time the Jeep was traveling westbound in the center lane and attempted to make a left turn southbound onto 10th Street in front of the ambulance. 


As a result the Rural Metro ambulance struck the side of the Jeep. No injuries were reported from the accident. 


While the accident was being investigated eastbound 16th Street was reduced to one lane. Westbound traffic was unaffected.


Rural/Metro could not be reached for comment.





James Gilbert can be reached at jgilbert@yumasun.comor 539-6854. 

   


 

Fatal Crash Closes Reisterstown Road In Owings Mills - Maryland

Friday, August 21, 2015  A portion of Reisterstown Road in Owings Mills remains closed to traffic as police investigate a fatal  accident.  

A crash was reported just after 3 p.m. on Reisterstown Road at St. Thomas Lane near the Garrison Forest School. Reisterstown Road was closed in both directions between Olive Lane and Painters Mill Road, SkyTeam 11 reported.

SkyTeam 11 video shows a car that struck a pole and a damaged EMS SUV behind it. County emergency officials said a car and an EMS unit were involved in the crash.

Police confirm one person died in the crash. 

   


 
 
 

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