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Broadcasts about these fire and ambulance calls were monitored this past week by the newspaper:

AUG. 24

8:59 a.m. — A 13-year-old girl who suffered a seizure in the 400 block of S. Ash St. in Hillsboro was taken to Hillsboro Community Hospital by Marion ambulance.

Marion ambulance handled the call after Hillsboro ambulance was diverted to a second, presumably more urgent call in Hillsboro.

9:02 a.m. — A man with difficulty breathing in the 200 block of N. Lincoln St. in Hillsboro was taken to HCH by Hillsboro ambulance, which handled the call after Marion ambulance took over its previous call.

AUG. 25

11:23 a.m. —A woman in her 70s who was having difficulty breathing at Carriage Manor apartments in Florence was taken to Newton Medical Center by Marion ambulance. First responders from Florence were paged but did not answer.

12:16 p.m. — Burns first responders notified dispatchers that they were helping lift a resident in the 200 block of N. Ohio St. in Burns.

12:32 p.m. — With Marion ambulance in Newton and Hillsboro ambulance having been taken out of service for repair, the Hillsboro ambulance crew waited for an already en route backup ambulance from Marion to arrive before heading for a call on Echo Lane at Marion County Park and Lake.

A man in his 70s was reported to have taken a full week’s worth of blood pressure medicine after having missed a dose.

Dispatchers rated the call an “alpha” response, the lowest priority on what’s called an “omega” priority list. The ambulance crew questioned the ranking, but dispatchers replied: “We don’t discuss role ‘omegas,’ but we are seeing an ‘alpha’ on it.”

The county’s ambulance director then asked for additional information and learned that home health workers were at the residence, had communicated with a hospital, and had reported the patient was awake, aware, and talking.

He then responded to the call himself, helping direct the backup ambulance to the location before it took the patient to St. Luke.

4:42 p.m. — Marion and Hillsboro ambulance, Marion firefighters, and Marion rescue squad members were dispatched to a truck-train accident east of 170th and Quail Creek Rds.

Most were told to disregard the call after it was determined that only one person had been in the truck and that only minor damage had been done to one of the truck’s taillights.

The driver reported no injury and declined to be taken to a hospital.

8:57 p.m. — A woman whose face was injured when air bags deployed in a car-deer accident on US-77 at 100th Rd. was checked by Marion ambulance attendants but declined to be taken to a hospital. Florence firefighters and rescue squad members also were sent to the accident.

10:33 p.m. — A 32-year-old man was transferred from St. Luke to Via Christi – St. Francis Hospital, Wichita.


3:43 a.m. — A 66-year-old man having a seizure and slipping in and out of consciousness in the 100 block of N. Maple St. in Peabody was taken to St. Luke by Peabody ambulance.

10:53 a.m. — A St. Luke patient was transferred to Rock Regional Hospital, Derby, by Marion ambulance.

Noon — A somewhat unresponsive 62-year-old woman was transferred from Salem Home to HCH by Hillsboro ambulance. Hillsboro firefighters were called to help lift the patient.

1:46 p.m. — Hillsboro ambulance was dispatched to HCH to help intubate an unstable patient.

5:25 p.m. — Hillsboro ambulance was sent back to HCH by the county’s ambulance shift supervisor, who also went to HCH from Marion, to help treat a patient who was not breathing.


1:24 a.m. — Marion ambulance was asked by law enforcement to draw blood from someone arrested by a deputy and taken to the sheriff’s office. The suspect formally was booked into jail six hours later on suspicion of drug or alcohol charges.

3:21 a.m. — A 68-year-old man who fell in the 200 block of N. Elm St. in Peabody was taken to Newton Med by Marion ambulance. Peabody ambulance was paged but didn’t answer the call.

10:02 a.m. — Burns first responders returned to a residence in the 200 block of N. Ohio St. in Burns to once again help lift a resident.

12:25 p.m. — A woman with chronic hip pain was taken by Hillsboro ambulance to HCH from a farmhouse near 180th and Diamond Rds.

1 p.m. — A St. Luke patient was transferred to Newton Med by Marion ambulance.

2:49 p.m. — A 54-year-old woman who fell in the 700 block Abilene Ave. in Durham and hurt her ankle was taken to HCH by Tampa ambulance. A first responder from Durham assisted with the call.

6:21 p.m. — A 64-year-old woman with a chest fracture was transferred from HCH to Wesley Medical Center, Wichita, by Hillsboro ambulance.


8:08 a.m. — A worker died when pinned beneath a lawnmower in a city retention pond east of 500 Western Heights St. in Hillsboro. Hillsboro ambulance, firefighters, rescue squad members, and police all were dispatched along with the ambulance service’s director and shift supervisor and a coroner.

2:54 p.m. — An 89-year-old man who was found on a floor at Parkside Homes sometime after falling in his room was taken to HCH by Hillsboro ambulance.

4:10 p.m. — Peabody firefighters disconnected the battery on a smoking vehicle on US-50 east of Quail Creek Rd.

5:23 p.m. — A woman in her 70s who fell and suffered a bloody nose was taken by Marion ambulance to St. Luke from the 100 block of Elm St. in Marion.


6:07 p.m. — A 95-year-old woman reported by a medical monitoring service to be having difficulty breathing at a house in the 100 block of Elm St. in Marion declined to be taken to a hospital by Marion ambulance.

11 p.m. — A 31-year-old man with a fast heartbeat and difficulty breathing, possibly from an anxiety attack, in the 500 block of N. Elm St. in Peabody declined to be taken to a hospital by Marion or Peabody ambulance, both of which were dispatched.


5:45 a.m. — An 95-year-old woman who fell at Parkside Homes was taken to HCH by Hillsboro ambulance.

10:05 a.m. — A 60-year-old woman not feeling well at Homestead Senior Residences in Marion was taken the Newton Med by Marion’s backup ambulance. Code words used in dispatching the call indicate it might have been related to COVID-19.

1:09 p.m. — A 64-year-old woman with difficulty breathing in the 300 block of S. 4th St. in Marion declined to be taken to a hospital by Marion’s backup ambulance. Similar code words were used with this call.

2:48 a.m. — Hillsboro ambulance announced to dispatchers that it was transferring a patient from McPherson Hospital to Salem Home.

7:09 p.m. — An 80-year-old man who fell and was exhibiting symptoms of a stroke was taken by Marion’s backup ambulance to St. Francis from the 400 block of W. 5th St. in Florence.

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