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


11:02 a.m. — A 15-year-old girl suffering a seizure at Goessel High School was taken to Wesley Medical Center, Wichita, by Hillsboro ambulance. First responders from Goessel did not answer a page.

6:10 p.m. — A epileptic 29-year-old woman suffering a seizure in the 100 block of W. 3rd St. in Florence was taken by Marion ambulance to St. Luke Hospital, Marion. First responders from Florence did not answer a page.

6:51 p.m. — Grass and a lawn mower on fire in the 300 block of S. Adams St. in Hillsboro were extinguished within 10 minutes by Hillsboro firefighters.

9:36 p.m. — An agricultural burn that grew out of control along US-50 between Yarrow and Alfalfa Rds. east of Florence was brought back under control within 15 minutes by Florence firefighters.

9:55 p.m. — Another burn that reportedly grew out of control — this one adjacent to Marion Reservoir along Kanza Rd. between 250th and 260th Rds. — proved to be burning more or less as intended by the Kansas Department of Parks and Wildlife. Durham firefighters contacted KDPW and checked the fire’s perimeter before returning to their station.

10:15 p.m. — On a physician’s orders, a 50-year-old man was transferred by Peabody ambulance from Westview Manor, Peabody, to St. Luke. A medic from Hillsboro ambulance assisted.

11:35 p.m. — A woman being driven to a hospital by a private vehicle reportedly became unresponsive and stopped breathing while traveling along US-77 north of 140th Rd.

Her companions started cardiopulmonary resuscitation along the roadside while Marion ambulance and a medic from Hillsboro ambulance, diverted from an earlier call to Peabody, headed to the scene along with two sheriff’s deputies.

The woman was taken by Marion ambulance to NMC Health, formerly Newton Medical Center.


9:57 a.m. — A 75-year-old man at Eastshore Subdivision asked for help getting into a car so he could be taken to a hospital by a private vehicle. Medics from Hillsboro ambulance obliged.

1:36 p.m. — A patient with issues regarding blood pressure declined to be taken to a hospital by Marion ambulance from the 100 block of W. 3rd St. in Florence.

4:48 p.m. — An unauthorized fire in a brush pile near US-77 and 40th Rd. was rendered safe by Burns firefighters who also spoke, along with a sheriff’s deputy, to the land owner about how brush fires were not allowed during April.

6:41 p.m. — A man in his 90s who became disoriented, possibly after suffering a stroke at a residence on Random Rd. at Marion County Lake, was taken by Marion ambulance to Ascension Via Christi St. Francis Hospital, Wichita.


6:50 p.m. — Bleeding from the site of an earlier amputation, the same 75-year-old man who declined to be taken to a hospital from Eastshore Subdivision the day before was taken by Marion ambulance to NMC Health.

7:08 p.m. — Peabody firefighters started to respond to a report of a traffic accident in Harvey County but were told to disregard the call.


10:36 a.m. — Unauthorized burning of a razed building near 330th and Chisholm Trail Rds. proved to be a hot potato.

Informed by a sheriff’s deputy that the fire was not permitted, the landowner contended permission had been obtained from McPherson County’s Roxbury fire department, in whose district the land is located even though it is within Marion County.

When Marion County attempted to get Roxbury firefighters to put out the fire, they declined. Durham firefighters were called instead.

Roxbury then agreed to go to the fire and canceled the call to Durham, but Roxbury later asked for help from Durham, which by then had trouble finding sufficient volunteers. Tampa firefighters eventually were called as well.

A Tampa tanker dropped its entire load of water into the basement of the razed structure, where demolition debris had been bulldozed. Tampa ambulance also was dispatched to stand by at the fire.

Firefighters remained on the scene for nearly 2½ hours.

7:55 p.m. — A small funnel cloud was reported moving northeast from K-15 and 360th Rd. toward 370th and Limestone Rd.

8:07 p.m. — Lehigh firefighters activated tornado sirens after observing rotation north of town.

8:08 p.m. — Rotation was reported on Main St. in Hillsboro.

8:10 p.m. — Rotation was reported at 180th and Pawnee Rds. west of Marion.

8:12 p.m. — A funnel cloud was reported two miles west of Hillsboro.

8:14 p.m. — Sirens were sounded in Goessel after a state trooper reported a tornado near there.

8:36 p.m. — Sirens were activated in Marion.

9:04 p.m. — Durham firefighters spent half an hour helping Roxbury firefighters deal with a report of hay bales on fire at 330th and Chisholm Trail Rd.


No ambulance or fire calls were monitored.


2:12 a.m. — A smoke detector in a Alexanderwohl Mennonite Church’s youth building resulted in a false alarm for Goessel, Peabody, and Hillsboro firefighters and Peabody ambulance.

4:21 p.m. — An 87-year-old woman who fell at Hilltop Manor Apartments in Marion was taken by Marion ambulance to St. Luke.

4:34 p.m. — A 93-year-old man, possibly suffering from sepsis at Bethesda Home in Goessel, was taken by Hillsboro ambulance to NMC Health.

8:02 p.m. — A patient was transferred by Hillsboro ambulance from Hillsboro Community Hospital to NMC Health.

9:21 p.m. — A fire in a junkyard at 180th and Yarrow Rds. appeared to have been ignited by a campfire. Marion firefighters spent an hour extinguishing the blaze, then remained for another hour while a fire investigator and a sheriff’s deputy examined evidence.


5:31 a.m. — A 52-year-old man, short of breath and dizzy at Barkman Honey in Hillsboro, was taken by Hillsboro ambulance to HCH.

8:54 a.m. — An HCH patient was taken by Hillsboro ambulance to Hillsboro airport for transfer to a LifeSafe air ambulance. The ambulance initially was ordered to go to Newton airport, but it was closed. The assignment then was changed to Emporia airport, and the ambulance headed there. However, while en route, medics were told to reverse course and return to Hillsboro because Emporia airport was closed. There was no indication why Hillsboro airport was not initially selected.

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