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The newspaper monitored these fire and ambulance calls this past week:

MAY 16

8:37 a.m. — What initially was reported as a minor two-vehicle accident at US-56 and Ash St. in Hillsboro drew a major response.

Hillsboro ambulance and Hillsboro firefighters were dispatched because, although no injuries were reported, air bags on one vehicle had deployed.

Hillsboro ambulance apparently did not respond, so two minutes later, Marion ambulance was dispatched instead. Marion EMTs initially requested that Tampa ambulance also be dispatched but a minute afterward canceled that call. However, a call was made for a LifeTeam helicopter ambulance in Hutchinson.

The helicopter was already en route when a Hillsboro firefighter arrived and recommended at 8:46 a.m. that it be canceled, noting: “This is a very minor, more or less fender-bender…. Everyone’s just standing around.”

The helicopter wasn’t canceled until five minutes later, when Marion ambulance arrived. Four minutes after that, the ambulance crew reported that accident victims had declined to be transported to a hospital.

Firefighters remained on the scene, apparently to help direct traffic, as only one sheriff’s deputy was available. Others were tending to a report of escaped cattle.

10:26 a.m. — An 82-year-old man who fell in the 100 block of Eisenhower Dr., hit his head, and was bleeding was taken to St. Luke Hospital by Marion ambulance.

7:10 p.m. — After searching door-to-door in the 100 block of E. 9th St. in Florence to locate a woman who put down her phone before providing a complete location, Florence ambulance transported the woman, who was having trouble breathing, to St. Luke.

10:24 p.m. — Because a paramedic, not just an EMT, was part of its crew, Hillsboro ambulance was called to transport a patient from St. Luke to Via Christi – St. Francis Hospital, Wichita. The ambulance returned to Hillsboro 3½ hours later.

MAY 17

8:54 a.m. — A 28-year-old man complaining that he could not move his hands initially called for Hillsboro ambulance in the 500 block of S. Washington St. but called back three minutes later to say he would go to a hospital in a private vehicle.

10:43 a.m. — A 56-year-old Salem Home resident whose physician wanted him taken to Hillsboro Community Hospital was transported there by Hillsboro ambulance. At 12:08 p.m., the ambulance returned him to Salem Home.

4:34 p.m. — An unresponsive man who apparently fell in a home in the 600 block of Topeka St. in Lincolnville was taken to St. Luke by Tampa ambulance. A Lincolnville first responder also was dispatched.

THURSDAY

According to previous reports, this was one of nine days in May in which a full ambulance crew was not available in Hillsboro.

3:41 a.m. — A 56-year-old man with chest pains and trouble breathing was taken to Newton Medical Center from the 200 block of S. Buller St. in Goessel. Hillsboro ambulance arrived 24 minutes after the original dispatch. First responders from Goessel also were paged but did not answer the call.

4:22 a.m. — A 90-year-old woman with altered behavior and inability to communicate was transported to HCH from Parkside Assisted Living in Hillsboro.

With Hillsboro ambulance still en route to Newton, Marion ambulance answered the call, arriving 16 minutes later. EMTs needed an additional 10 minutes to locate the apartment and gain entry.

The patient arrived at HCH at 5:08 a.m., and Marion ambulance was back in its quarters at 5:41 a.m., at the same time as Hillsboro ambulance returned to its quarters from the call to Goessel.

3:47 p.m. — A 19-year-old man having trouble breathing in 100 block of N. Madison St. in HillsboroHillsboro was taken to HCH by Hillsboro ambulance.

Marion ambulance originally was paged. A Hillsboro EMT, who wasn’t paged, responded that she would serve as a sole first responder in Hillsboro ambulance. Four minutes later, she reported that a full crew was available. Marion ambulance was told to disregard the call.

5:18 p.m. — As a precaution, Marion ambulance was called to check for injuries at two-vehicle accident on US-56 at Industrial Rd. in Marion. No patients were transported.

FRIDAY

According to previous reports, this was one of nine days in May in which a full ambulance crew was not available in Hillsboro.

7:32 a.m. — A woman who was knocked to the ground and scratched by a dog in the 300 block of N. Main St. in Hillsboro declined to be transported by Marion ambulance, which arrived at 7:47 a.m. and headed back to Marion at 7:59 a.m.

8:11 a.m. — Before making it back to Marion, the ambulance was again sent to Hillsboro, this time to the 300 block of S. Adams St., where a man fell, reportedly because of a shock from his pacemaker. The ambulance arrived at 8:19 a.m. and took the patient to HCH at 8:52 a.m.

9:07 a.m. — Still at HCH, Marion ambulance responded to a third Hillsboro call, for a 90-year-old woman with low blood pressure and a high fever in the 400 block of Briarwood Lane. Hillsboro firefighters were called to help lift, and woman was taken to HCH at 9:33 a.m. The ambulance returned to Marion at 10:38 a.m.

10:21 a.m. — A 80-year-old woman who fell upstairs and cut her head at Alexanderwohl Mennonite Church was taken to Newton Medical Center by Peabody ambulance, which arrived at the church at 10:45 a.m. Goessel first responders also were paged, but it was unclear whether any responded.

11:54 a.m. — Marion ambulance transferred a patient from HCH to Kansas Heart Hospital, Wichita, returning to Marion at 3:14 p.m.

1:10 p.m. — With Marion ambulance still en route to Wichita, Peabody ambulance transferred a patient from St. Luke to Newton Medical, returning to Peabody at 2:56 p.m.

5:54 p.m. — Law enforcement officers asked Peabody firefighters to station trucks at two locations to monitor severe weather. One firefighter remained at the station to activate warning sirens if necessary.

8:06 p.m. — A 18-year-old man suffering a seizure at Wendy’s in Hillsboro was checked over by a Hillsboro first responder before Marion ambulance arrived at 8:19 p.m. The patient declined to be taken to a hospital, and the ambulance returned to Marion, arriving at 9:34 p.m.

8:37 a.m. — Marion firefighters helped direct traffic after a large Central Park tree fell, blocking Main St. and downing utility lines. Another tree limb reportedly blocked traffic in the 200 block of N. Roosevelt St.

11:01 p.m. — A resident suffering back and stomach pain in the 100 block of S. Wilson St. in Hillsboro was taken to HCH by Marion ambulance, which arrived 14 minutes after the initial call. The ambulance returned to Marion at 12:04 a.m.

SATURDAY

5:32 a.m. — A Peabody nursing home patient with no pulse or respiration was taken by Peabody ambulance to Newton Medical. EMTs attempted to arrange a transfer to a Harvey County ambulance but appear to have been unsuccessful.

Noon — Hillsboro ambulance was dispatched to a reported death in the 200 block of Elm St. in Hillsboro.

7:03 p.m. — A woman who had been vomiting at an apartment in the 500 block of E. Grand Ave. was taken to HCH by Hillsboro ambulance.

8:29 p.m. — Muddy roads and confusion over directions delayed Marion ambulance’s arrival at a farmhouse near 230th and Bluestem Rds., where a woman who previously had suffered a broken leg fell but sustained only a bruise in the process. EMTs arrived at 9 p.m. and reported at 9:27 p.m. that the patient declined to be transported to a hospital. The ambulance was back in quarters at 9:49 p.m.

SUNDAY

According to previous reports, this was one of nine days in May in which a full ambulance crew was not available in Hillsboro.

8:44 a.m. — Marion ambulance transferred a patient from St. Luke to Kansas Medical Center, Andover. The ambulance returned to quarters at 11:42 a.m.

11:15 a.m. — Peabody ambulance and the county emergency medical services director both were dispatched to HCH at the hospital’s request for a report that someone had hit his or her head. The EMS director reached the hospital at 11:22 a.m. A minute later, Peabody ambulance was told to disregard the call. At 11:34 a.m., dispatchers inquired without explanation whether HCH had a helicopter landing pad, which it does. The EMS director remained at the hospital until 12:44 p.m.

7:10 p.m. — Peabody ambulance transported a patient to Newton Medical. Additional information about the call was garbled.

MONDAY

According to previous reports, this was one of nine days in May in which a full ambulance crew was not available in Hillsboro.

10:21 a.m. — A 87-year-old woman who fell over a chair in an apartment in the 500 block of N. Vine St., Peabody, was taken by Peabody ambulance to Newton Medical.

12:30 p.m. — Marion ambulance transferred a patient from HCH to the Via Christi – St. Francis burn unit in Wichita. The ambulance returned to Marion at 3:59 p.m.

10:10 a.m. — A uninjured woman who fell at a residence in the 100 block of S. Cincinnati St. in Burns and needed help getting up was assisted by a Burns first responder. No ambulance was called.

Last modified May 25, 2017

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