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


5:17 a.m. — A 79-year-old woman having trouble breathing at a farmhouse near 230th and Bluestem Rds. was taken by Marion ambulance to St. Luke Hospital, Marion.

5:57 a.m. — An 87-year-old man complaining of chest pain at Parkside Homes in Hillsboro was taken to Hillsboro Community Hospital by Hillsboro ambulance.


12:33 a.m. — A patient was transferred by helicopter from one St. Luke Hospital — in Marion — to another, in Kansas City.

9:48 a.m. — A 77-year-old woman complaining of chest pain at Et Cetera Shop in Hillsboro was taken to HCH by Hillsboro ambulance.

10:12 a.m. — A 56-year-old woman who fell between two units at Oakwood Manor Apartments in Hillsboro declined to be taken to a hospital but asked for help getting onto her feet. Because Hillsboro ambulance had not completed its previous call, an ambulance shift supervisor arrived and asked Marion ambulance for help. An off-duty EMT nearby volunteered to help instead, and Marion ambulance was told it could disregard the call.

2 p.m. — A 60-year-old woman who fell in a kitchen at Hillsboro Elementary School and was bleeding from her head declined to be taken to a hospital by Hillsboro ambulance.

6:38 p.m. — Hillsboro and Lehigh firefighters conducted a controlled burn near US-56 and Falcon Rd. as a three-hour training exercise.


5:04 a.m. — Marion ambulance was summoned to St. Luke to help personnel there then transferred a patient to NMC Health, formerly Newton Medical Center. The ambulance returned to its quarters at 8:35 a.m.

7:21 p.m. — Marion firefighters responded but were not needed because a utility crew already was dealing with a Flint Hills Rural Electric pole on fire near Marion Reservoir’ s spillway.

7:55 p.m. — An unconscious 54-year-old man at Oakwood Manor Apartments already was receiving cardiopulmonary resuscitation when Hillsboro ambulance and a shift supervisor arrived. The supervisor had to ask for the patient’s apartment number, which had been left out of the original dispatch. After 30 minutes of initial care, the patient was taken by Hillsboro ambulance, with the supervisor joining the crew, to Via Christi St. Francis Hospital in Wichita. Marion ambulance initially responded, as well, but was told by the supervisor that it was not needed.


2:24 a.m. — A 48-year-old woman was transferred by Hillsboro ambulance from HCH to Wesley Woodlawn Hospital, Wichita.

10:22 a.m. — A St. Luke patient was transferred to NMC Health by Marion ambulance.

1:12 p.m. — A 15-year-old girl having a seizure at Goessel High School was taken to Wesley Medical Center, Wichita, by Hillsboro ambulance. Two first responders from Goessel were the first to arrive at the school.

2:41 p.m. — A newly installed cable TV wire that was snagged by a farm implement west of the Marion County Lake office on Turkey Creek Rd. snapped a utility pole and caused an electric line to fall onto the implement. Marion firefighters secured the scene and kept the operator on a tractor pulling the implement until Evergy workers could cut power. Marion ambulance, the sheriff, the undersheriff, and the county ambulance director helped during the rescue.

5:33 p.m. — A fence and trash can on fire at a house south of Casey’s General Store in Marion were extinguished in less than 10 minutes by Marion firefighters.

5:48 p.m. — A 74-year-old woman, gasping and convulsing at a Cottonwood Point campsite at Marion Reservoir, began receiving CPR on dispatchers’ instructions while awaiting arrival of Marion ambulance. Hillsboro ambulance, which had been on standby at a school event in Goessel, also was dispatched. Marion firefighters, still at their station from a previous call, were called to assist with CPR. An EMT from Hillsboro ambulance joined Marion ambulance’s crew, and Marion’s fire chief acted as driver so all EMTs could tend to the patient during an emergency trip to St. Francis.

10:54 p.m. — A 29-year-old woman, shaking, vomiting, and with her lips turning purple from multiple seizures, was taken by Marion ambulance to St. Luke from the 100 block of W. 3rd St. in Florence. Florence first responders were paged but did not answer.


7:32 a.m. — An 85-year-old man having trouble breathing at a Schlotthauer Dr. residence in Eastshore Subdivision was taken to St. Luke by Marion ambulance.

8:16 a.m. — A medical alarm company relayed a customer’s request for help getting up after a fall in the 700 block of Lawrence St. in Durham. Hillsboro ambulance and Durham first responders were dispatched. The patient declined to be taken to a hospital.

8:28 a.m. — An 81-year-old man complaining of chest pains in the 700 block of N. Maple St. in Peabody was taken to NMC Health, but not without a 25-minute delay. Peabody ambulance began the trip but developed mechanical problems on US-50 at Mustang Rd. A shift supervisor, who also had been called, summoned Hillsboro ambulance to complete the trip.

9:33 a.m. — A 98-year-old man who fell at Bethesda Home in Goessel was taken to Wesley Medical Center by Marion ambulance, filling in for Hillsboro ambulance. The ambulance originally attempted to go to Moundridge Hospital but was diverted to NMC Health then to St. Francis and finally to Wesley. Goessel first responders were paged but did not answer. In case additional calls came in while most county ambulances were unavailable, a backup ambulance was activated as a first-response vehicle and stationed in Hillsboro. It then was sent to Peabody while Peabody ambulance was repaired.

7:12 p.m. — Marion ambulance stood by during a domestic dispute at a rental home in the 300 block of S. Cedar St. in Marion. Marion’s police chief and both sheriff’s deputies on duty at the time responded and informed the ambulance that it would not be needed. The chief did arrest one person after the incident.

8:57 p.m. — Power failed for approximately 10 minutes to nearly the entire county.


12:37 a.m. — A 42-year-old woman having what were thought to be seizures or panic attacks at Oakwood Manor Apartments was taken to HCH by Hillsboro ambulance.

3:49 a.m. — After being treated, the same patient was transferred by Hillsboro ambulance to Wesley.

11:51 a.m. — A small grass fire just north of Marion County Transfer Station in Marion was extinguished in less than 15 minutes by Marion firefighters.


4:30 a.m. — A disoriented woman with low blood sugar was taken to St. Luke by Marion ambulance from in the 1500 block of Victory Lane in Marion. Hillsboro ambulance initially was called as well for the woman’s husband, reportedly suffering from congestive heart failure, but that call was canceled.

12:29 p.m. — A 23-year-old woman with a seizure disorder was transferred from HCH to Wesley by Hillsboro ambulance.

4:31 p.m. — Fire destroyed a mobile home in a trailer park on Pine Tree Dr. at Marion County Park and Lake. The fire was knocked down after about 30 minutes by Marion, Hillsboro, and Peabody firefighters, some of whom remained on the scene for nearly two hours.

11:16 p.m. — Alerted by an alarm company, Marion ambulance took a fall victim from the 500 block of S. Cedar St. in Marion to St. Luke. Marion firefighters helped lift the patient.

Last modified April 27, 2022