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DISPATCHES

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

SEPT. 13

8:36 a.m. — A woman who fell in the 300 block of N. Adams St. in Hillsboro was taken to Hillsboro Community Hospital by Hillsboro ambulance.

9:03 a.m. — Hillsboro firefighters monitored burning of brush piles in the 300 block of N. Elm St. in Hillsboro.

7:18 p.m. — A patient at St. Luke Hospital was transferred by Marion ambulance to NMC Health, Newton. The ambulance left St. Luke at 7:44 p.m. and was back in its station at 9:18 p.m.

8:01 p.m. — A woman having trouble raising her arms at Parkside Homes assisted living was taken to HCH by Hillsboro ambulance.

SEPT. 14

12:45 a.m. — A 44-year-old man with a two-inch wound on the back of his head was taken by Peabody ambulance to NMC Health from the 100 block of N. Olive St. in Peabody. A lone EMT from Peabody was joined by one from Hillsboro ambulance, which also responded, in transporting the patient. The Hillsboro EMT returned to Hillsboro ambulance at 2:17 a.m., and Peabody ambulance returned to its station at 2:39 a.m.

12:23 p.m. — A 67-year-old woman who recently had knee surgery and whom an alarm company reported needed help getting up at Indian Guide Terrace apartments in Peabody was assisted by a lone attendant staffing Peabody ambulance. The attendant told dispatchers he would check on the woman and see whether additional responders were needed. However, the county’s ambulance director instructed dispatchers to page Hillsboro ambulance as well. Meanwhile, a Peabody firefighter, hearing the call, responded on his own. He and the ambulance attendant helped the woman. She did not want to be taken to a hospital, so the call to Hillsboro ambulance was canceled.

3:50 p.m. — Hillsboro ambulance was dispatched after a 60-year-old man was reported to be sitting outside Peabody Market and bleeding from injuries sustained in a motorcycle accident. Without being dispatched, a Peabody ambulance attendant asked to respond as a first-response unit. A Peabody police officer also reported that he would respond. The officer radioed that the injuries were from a bicycle rather than motorcycle accident, and the Peabody ambulance attendant reported that the patient did not wish to be taken to a hospital. The call to Hillsboro ambulance was canceled before the ambulance arrived.

5:10 p.m. — A 34-year-old woman having trouble breathing and experiencing numbness in her arm declined to be taken to a hospital from a residence on Needle Rd. south of 59th Rd. Peabody and Hillsboro ambulances both were dispatched. A Peabody police officer also responded.

6:29 p.m. — A person reported to be a possible stroke victim in the 100 block of Prospect St. in Goessel declined to be taken to a hospital by Hillsboro ambulance, which responded from its call in Peabody. First responders from Goessel were paged but did not answer. The ambulance returned to Hillsboro at 7:48 p.m.

7 p.m. — After dispatchers first verified that it had a full crew while Hillsboro ambulance was in Goessel, Marion ambulance was dispatched along with Peabody ambulance to the same address as an earlier call at Indian Guide Terrace. Another call from an alarm company indicated that what appeared to be the same uninjured woman had fallen from a couch and needed help getting up. A lone Peabody attendant informed dispatchers that a firefighter was accompanying him. Marion ambulance attempted to reach the attendant by radio but could not. A Marion attendant asked for the apartment number to be repeated, but a dispatcher instead provided what the attendant said was the radio call sign of the Peabody attendant who had responded. At that point, Marion ambulance informed dispatchers that the patient had declined to be taken to a hospital, and the ambulance returned to Marion, arriving at 8:22 p.m.

9:37 p.m. — Pending arrival of Marion and Hillsboro ambulances, both of which were dispatched, a caller was told how to administer cardiopulmonary resuscitation to an 88-year-old man experiencing chest pains and feeling clammy at a farmhouse near 190th and Xavier Rds. Within three minutes, Marion firefighters also were paged to assist with CPR. With a firefighter on board the ambulance to assist, the patient was taken to St. Luke, arriving at 10:34 p.m.

THURSDAY

Because a power interruption disrupted both the main and backup recording systems used by the newspaper, dispatches from 6:03 until 8:36 a.m. were not recorded. During that time, Hillsboro and Tampa ambulances appear to have responded to a call.

4:53 p.m. — Hillsboro ambulance stood by until 7:52 p.m. at a football game at Joel Wiens Stadium

5:37 p.m. — Marion ambulance stood until 7:35 p.m. at a football game at Marion Stadium.

5:38 p.m. — Goessel first responders stood by during a football game in Goessel.

5:41 p.m. — Peabody ambulance stood by until 7:52 p.m. at a football game in Peabody City Park.

5:47 p.m. — Hillsboro firefighters arranged for a helicopter ambulance to land at a different sports field in Hillsboro for a public relations event. The helicopter stayed until 7:36 p.m.

11:31 p.m. — A 97-year-old woman with a fever and shakiness at Parkside Homes assisted living was taken to HCH by Hillsboro ambulance.

FRIDAY

9:08 a.m. — Burns firefighters provided traffic control for 1½ hours at an accident in Butler County.

10:58 a.m. — An HCH patient with diabetic ketoacidosis was transferred to NMC Health by Hillsboro ambulance. The ambulance returned to Hillsboro at 12:31 p.m.

5:32 p.m. — Tampa ambulance stood by until 7:50 p.m. at a football game at Centre High School

5:43 p.m. — Peabody ambulance stood by until 8:01 a.m. at a football game at Peabody City Park

6:37 p.m. — Marion ambulance stood by at a football game at Marion Stadium until 6:53 p.m., when it was diverted to handle a patient transfer.

6:50 p.m. — Unclear transmissions indicate a helicopter ambulance may have transferred a patient from HCH.

6:53 p.m. — Hillsboro ambulance stood by at a football game at Joel Wiens Stadium until 7:20 p.m., when it treated and transported an injured player.

6:53 p.m. — A 61-year-old man was transferred on a nonemergency basis by Marion ambulance from St. Luke to the intensive care unit of Wesley Medical Center, Wichita. The ambulance returned to its quarters at 9:51 p.m.

7:20 p.m. — A player injured during the Hillsboro football game was taken to NMC Health by Hillsboro ambulance. The ambulance returned to its quarters at 9:13 p.m.

SATURDAY

9:27 a.m. — Burns first responders and Peabody ambulance were dispatched to a report of a death at a residence in the 200 block of N. Cincinnati St. in Burns. Marion ambulance informed dispatchers it would respond as well. The call to Peabody ambulance was canceled after first responders from Burns arrived. A sheriff’s deputy and a coroner also were summoned.

1:19 p.m. — A 63-year-old woman who briefly lost consciousness outside the offices of the Hillsboro Free Press during Hillsboro’s Arts and Crafts Fair declined to be taken to a hospital by Hillsboro ambulance.

2:46 p.m. — Peabody, Burns, and Florence firefighters spent nearly two hours extinguishing a grass fire ignited by a tractor near 50th and Upland Rds.

5:10 p.m. — Corn stalks and a mower on fire near Ludwig Trucking just west of Florence on US-50 were contained within 10 minutes by Florence firefighters, who spent an additional 20 minutes mopping up.

5:30 p.m. — Lost Springs, Ramona, and Herington firefighters spent more than an hour extinguishing railroad ties on fire near 360th Rd. and US-77. Errant reports of additional fires south of that location were checked and found to be unfounded. However, firefighters remained at the scene until 10:56 p.m. monitoring what they said upon leaving could be regarded as a controlled burn.

5:40 p.m. — Hillsboro ambulance stood by until 8:50 p.m. at a Tabor College football game

9:04 p.m. — An 88-year-old man possibly having a heart attack at Marion Assisted Living was taken to St. Luke by Marion ambulance.

9:50 p.m. — Three children and a seven months’ pregnant woman involved in a two-vehicle accident at Ash and B Sts. in Hillsboro were evaluated by Hillsboro ambulance attendants but not taken to a hospital.

SUNDAY

5:20 a.m. — A driver with a long criminal history who cryptically told dispatchers he wanted to meet with sheriff’s deputies was tested for sobriety, became combative, was arrested, and allegedly assaulted and battered one of two deputies who met him near US-56 and Ash St. in Hillsboro. The deputies urgently requested assistance from two Hillsboro officers, asked Hillsboro ambulance attendants to evaluate the driver, and requested a prisoner transport van be urgently dispatched to take the driver to jail after they were unable to get him confined in their patrol vehicles. The sheriff, undersheriff, and a third deputy assisted in securing the prisoner in the van.

8:56 a.m. — An 85-year-old woman who fell and cut her head at a residence in the 300 block of S. Lincoln St. in Marion was taken to St. Luke by Marion ambulance. Marion firefighters helped lift the patient.

3:40 p.m. — A 66-year-old man complaining of a knee injury from an earlier bicycle accident was taken to HCH by Hillsboro ambulance from the 100 block of S. Olive St. in Peabody. No Peabody units were dispatched.

6:22 p.m. — Peabody, Florence, and Marion firefighters spent 1½ hours extinguishing a fire in an unoccupied vehicle that spread to 20 acres of grass near US-50 and Sunflower Rd.

6:50 p.m. — A man who hit his head on something and thought he broke his hand in the 600 block of W. 3rd St. in Peabody called for an ambulance then changed his mind. Hillsboro ambulance was dispatched and then told to disregard the call. Nine minutes later, however, a Peabody police officer, saying only that the man was “not feeling right,” requested that the ambulance continue. When the ambulance eventually arrived, the patient declined to be taken to a hospital.

7:08 p.m. — With Hillsboro ambulance tied up coming and going to Peabody, Marion ambulance was dispatched to a report of a 53-year-old man with chest pains in the 200 block of S. Ash St. in Hillsboro. A Hillsboro firefighter who also is an emergency medical technician made initial contact with the patient while awaiting the ambulance’s arrival. The ambulance eventually took the patient to NMC Health.

MONDAY

1:02 a.m. — Partially garbled transmissions suggest that a helicopter ambulance transferred a patient from St. Luke to the University of Kansas Hospital in Kansas City.

10:26 a.m. — A 68-year-old woman being treated for trauma at St. Luke was transferred by Marion ambulance to Ascension Via Christi St. Francis Hospital in Wichita. The ambulance was back in Marion at 3:25 p.m.

5:42 p.m. — Peabody firefighters were part of a task force that spent more than six hours battling a large grass fire in Harvey County.

5:41 p.m. — Goessel first responders stood by until 7:27 p.m. at a football game in Goessel.

8:09 p.m. — A Bethesda Home patient in Goessel was transferred to NMC Health by Hillsboro ambulance. Goessel first responders assisted with the call. The ambulance was back in Hillsboro at 9:55 p.m.

8:30 p.m. — Florence firefighters were called because of smoke in the 600 block of Main St. in Florence, but the smoke was discovered to be coming from a controlled burn.

10:05 p.m. — A 56-year-old man who fell outside a residence in the 200 block of N. Locust St. in Peabody a day after his release from a hospital was helped inside by a Peabody police officer and a Peabody ambulance attendant. The patient declined to be taken to a hospital. Hillsboro ambulance, which also had been dispatched, was told the disregard the call.

Last modified Sept. 21, 2022

 

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