Around 2130 hours last night, Fire-EMS personnel from Delaware City (DE) were operating at a motorcycle crash on Delaware’s busy highway, Route 13. While treating the initial patient, a FD EMT was suddenly struck by a passing car-and then the driver of that car jumped out of the car, jumped in another car and fled the scene. The hit and run driver and those involved are still at large. The FD EMT is in critical condition with numerous fractures and a head injury-but was reported to be speaking to crews initially at the scene. Another report is indicating that the fleeing driver first slammed into a police car that then struck the EMT….more details to follow.
FDNY DOUBLE LODD FOLLOWUP: (LEGAL)
The family of FDNY Firefighter Robert Beddia, who died in the line of Duty in the Deutsche Bank fire, has agreed to accept a $5 million payment from the crooked general contractor overseeing the toxic tower’s demolition. The family of FDNY FF Joseph Graffagnino, the other firefighter who died in the August 2007 fire, rejected Bovis Lend Lease’s unusual offer. The Manhattan D.A. is expected to announce early next week that a grand jury has indicted mobbed-up contractor John Galt Corporation with manslaughter and 14 others with fraudulently filing false business forms.
JUST KEEP GOING AND DON’T STOP? (LEGAL)
And in California, proving that no good deed goes unpunished, the state’s high court said a would-be Good Samaritan accused of making her friend a paraplegic by pulling her from a wrecked car "like a rag doll" can be sued. The Court said the Good Samaritan law only protects people from liability if the are administering emergency medical care, and, err, umm, huh… that Lisa Torti’s attempted rescue of her friend from the crash didn’t qualify. Torti had argued that she should still be protected from a lawsuit because she was giving "medical care" when she pulled her friend from a car wreck. Alexandra Van Horn was in the front passenger seat of a car that crashed in 04… Torti was a passenger in a car that was following behind the vehicle and stopped to help after the crash. Torti feared the car was going to explode and pulled Van Horn out. Van Horn testified that Torti pulled her out of the wreckage "like a rag doll" and that Ms. Van Horn blamed her friend for her paralysis. Here is more: http://abcnews.go.com/TheLaw/story?id=6498405&page=1
And lastly, as a part of our Christmas and Holiday Season of giving back to you-because we simply do more than just care, here is a reminder of why FIRE RESCUE and 9-1-1 DISPATCHERS often have the toughest job…and how CAREFUL they MUST be when giving over the phone EMS instructions: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ja-dg89wr-s
Take Care-BE CAREFUL,
The Secret List 12-21-08 / 0435 hours