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


12:08 a.m. — An 83-year-old man who fell at a home in the 400 block of Briarwood Lane in Hillsboro was helped up but declined to be taken to a hospital by Hillsboro ambulance.

6:08 a.m. — Hot spots from a rekindled ditch fire at 70th and Pawnee Rds. were knocked down within 40 minutes by Peabody firefighters.

11:17 a.m. — Three people injured in a head-on collision between a car and a tow truck near Mustang Rd. and US-50 were taken by Marion, Hillsboro, and Peabody ambulances to Wesley Medical Center, Wichita. Helicopter ambulances were dispatched but canceled after being delayed by high winds. Peabody firefighters remained at the scene for nearly five hours. Tampa ambulance and a backup ambulance in Marion were placed on standby to handle any other calls.

12:23 p.m. — Burns firefighters spent 3½ hours assisting El Dorado firefighters in Butler County.

12:34 p.m. — Smoldering cow patties from a previous grass fire near 360th and Old Mill Rds. were extinguished within an hour by Ramona firefighters.

2:51 p.m. — A stubble fire that spread to a brush pile and a fence row west of K-15 on 80th Rd. was brought back under control after about 1½ hours by Goessel and Hillsboro firefighters.

2:54 p.m. — Responding to a call covered over by other transmissions on both of the newspaper’s monitoring systems, Hillsboro ambulance took a patient to Herington Hospital.

5:52 p.m. — A 73-year-old man taking blood thinners and suffering rectal bleeding at Indian Guide Terrace apartments in Peabody declined help from Peabody ambulance even though ambulance attendants rated his condition as potentially life-threatening. As a result, Marion ambulance, which also had been dispatched, disregarded the call.

6:43 p.m. — A 76-year-old woman complaining of chest pains and labored breathing at a residence in the 200 block of N. Vine St. in Peabody declined to be taken to a hospital by Peabody ambulance even though ambulance attendants rated her condition as potentially life-threatening.

9:20 p.m. — Goessel firefighters spent almost three hours helping fight a fire in Harvey County.


2:31 a.m. — A 14-year-old appendicitis patient at St. Luke Hospital, Marion, was transferred by Marion ambulance to NMC Health, formerly Newton Medical Center.


12:26 a.m. — Before Hillsboro firefighters reached the scene, an alarm company told them to disregard a fire alarm at Parkside Homes in Hillsboro.

6:20 a.m. — An unexplained medical alarm reportedly activated by a 98-year-old woman at a residence near 20th and Wagonwheel Rd. was determined by first responders from Burns to be a false alarm. As a result, Peabody ambulance and an ambulance supervisor from Marion were told to disregard the call.

6:06 p.m. — Marion ambulance attendants declined a request from a statewide transfer network to take a patient from St. Luke to a Kansas City hospital. St. Luke was told to arrange unspecified alternative transportation.

8:47 p.m. — An unresponsive and pale man having trouble breathing at a residence on US-77 just south of 1st St. outside Lincolnville was determined to have signed a do-not-resuscitate order. A coroner was summoned by Lincolnville first responders even before Marion ambulance and an ambulance shift supervisor from Marion reached the home.

9:50 p.m. — After nearly half an hour of searching, a “decently large” fire, initially reported as being a mile south of K-150 and Wagonwheel Rd., just east of Marion, was located by Marion firefighters as being an already controlled burn 18 miles away at 60th and Timber Rds., halfway between Florence and Burns, east of Peabody. Firefighters speculated that US-50 was mistakenly reported as K-150 in the initial call.


9:19 a.m. — A 97-year-old woman who fell and may have hurt her hip at Sunrise Townhomes in Marion was taken to St. Luke by Marion ambulance.

2:09 p.m. — Tampa firefighters took no action after being alerted that a land owner, calling to tell dispatchers about a controlled burn, already had illegally ignited a brush pile two miles south of Tampa.

2:16 p.m. — A grass fire that grew out of control at 20th and Mustang Rds. was contained within 20 minutes by Peabody firefighters.

2:29 p.m. — Burns firefighters helped fights fires near Cassoday and Towanda in Butler County.

9:12 p.m. — A 68-year-old man with cardiac problems was transferred by Hillsboro ambulance from Hillsboro Community Hospital to Salina Regional Health Center.


7:41 a.m. — A man who thought his appendix burst at the Marion County Lake heating fishing dock was taken to St. Luke by Marion ambulance.

12:04 p.m. — Hillsboro ambulance was called to help HCH personnel with a patient who reportedly suffered a seizure in a car there. Seven minutes later, attendants reported that HCH personnel had told them they would not be needed.


8:02 a.m. — A 70-year-old woman who fell out of bed at Parkside Homes in Hillsboro was taken to HCH by Hillsboro ambulance.

5:01 p.m. — At a physician’s request, a 65-year-old man with respiratory issues was transferred by Hillsboro ambulance from Bethesda Home, Goessel. The ambulance’s original destination was NMC Health, but shortly before arrival, attendants upgraded the call to a life-threatening emergency and switched their destination to Wesley. Goessel first responders were paged but did not answer.

5:47 p.m. — An unresponsive but breathing 90-year-old woman at Salem Home in Hillsboro was transferred to HCH by Marion ambulance, filling in for Hillsboro ambulance.

7:06 p.m. — A 56-year-old man having trouble breathing in the 200 block of W. Main St. in Burns was taken by Marion ambulance to NMC Health. First responders from Burns checked the patient before the ambulance arrived and determined that his condition was life-threatening.

8:38 p.m. — Hillsboro ambulance announced that it would be transferring an HCH patient to Kansas Heart Hospital, Wichita.


No monitored fire or ambulance dispatches except for training exercises for Marion and Peabody firefighters.

Last modified April 21, 2022