Broadcasts about these fire and ambulance calls were monitored this past week by the newspaper:
12:22 a.m. — A medical alarm from a residence in the 100 block of E. 9th St. in Florence — the fourth such alarm in five days — for the first time resulted in a patient being transported by Marion ambulance to St. Luke Hospital, Marion. Florence first responders were paged but did not answer.
6:02 a.m. — A 96-year-old woman with a low blood-oxygen level despite receiving oxygen was transferred by Hillsboro ambulance from Parkside Homes to Hillsboro Community Hospital.
9:15 a.m. — A smoke alarm at Tabor College townhouses was attributed by Hillsboro firefighters to cooking.
9:19 a.m. — A 66-year-old woman with respiratory issues was transferred by Hillsboro ambulance from HCH to NMC Health, formerly Newton Medical Center. The ambulance returned to Hillsboro at 11:30 a.m.
10:08 p.m. — Marion ambulance returned to the same Florence address it had visited in the morning after an 80-year-old woman fell yet again and could not get up. This time, first responders also answered the call. However, as happened in three of the calls in the past five days, the woman declined to be taken to a hospital.
11:04 a.m. — Another call about the same 80-year-old falling in Florence resulted in her being transported by Marion ambulance to St. Luke. First responders did not answer.
12:20 p.m. — An 80-year-old man not feeling well in the 800 block of Barker St. in Florence was taken to St. Luke by Marion ambulance. Florence first responders again did not answer.
2:06 p.m. — A motor scooter rider who injured his ankle and knee after hitting a patch of loose dirt and laying down his scooter in the Family Dollar / Dollar Tree parking lot in Peabody was taken by Hillsboro ambulance to NMC Health. Peabody firefighters also were dispatched to the accident, and a Peabody ambulance attendant arrived, as well.
7:29 p.m. — A 49-year-old man with high blood pressure who skipped medication to take a cardiac stress test felt better after resuming his medication and declined to be taken to a hospital from the 400 block of N. Olive St. in Peabody. Peabody ambulance initially was dispatched, but it had only one attendant, so Hillsboro ambulance was dispatched as well. It was called off by the Peabody attendant after she checked the patient.
7:47 p.m. — An unresponsive 96-year-old man on the floor of a farmhouse just north of the county line on Eagle Rd. received cardiopulmonary resuscitation while awaiting the arrival of Hillsboro ambulance and Goessel first responders but was pronounced dead at the scene. Marion ambulance briefly was dispatched but was called off.
9:30 p.m. — An HCH patient was transferred to Kansas Heart Hospital, Wichita, by Hillsboro ambulance, which delayed the transfer until it returned from the call on Eagle Rd.
9:19 a.m. — An 88-year-old woman who fell overnight at Parkside Homes duplexes in Hillsboro declined to be taken to a hospital by Hillsboro ambulance.
10:09 a.m. — An 80-year-old woman who fell at a farmhouse near 270th Rd. and US-56/77 was taken by Marion ambulance to NMC Health. Lincolnville first responders assisted.
12:38 p.m. — A grass fire initially reported to be in a ditch north of 70th Rd. on US-77 spread across more than 1,000 acres and was battled for more than eight hours by nearly every fire department in the county plus firefighters from three adjacent counties.
9:50 p.m. — A weak 83-year-old man having trouble standing at a farmhouse near 300th and Limestone Rds. was taken to HCH by Tampa ambulance.
11:32 p.m. — A 59-year-old man was transferred by Marion ambulance from St. Luke to an intensive care unit at Wesley Medical Center, Wichita. The ambulance turned to Marion at 2:30 a.m.
10:26 a.m. — An 88-year-old man with gastrointestinal issues was transferred by Marion ambulance from St. Luke to McPherson Center for Health. The ambulance returned to Marion at 12:35 p.m. but immediately headed to St. Luke for a second transfer.
10:55 a.m. — A Marion firefighter discovered a semi-trailer truck that had overturned in a ditch on US-56 west of Nighthawk Rd. Hillsboro ambulance and Marion and Hillsboro rescue squads were called. The driver was standing atop the overturned truck and complaining of lower back pain but declined to be taken to a hospital.
1:11 p.m. — Marion ambulance left St. Luke for NMC Health to transfer a second patient. The ambulance returned to Marion at 4:07 p.m.
2:31 p.m. — A dehydrated and lethargic 69-year-old woman at Salem Home in Hillsboro was transferred to HCH by Hillsboro ambulance.
3:44 p.m. — An 83-year-old HCH patient with gastrointestinal issues was transferred by Hillsboro ambulance to NMC Health. The ambulance returned to Hillsboro at 5:37 p.m.
8:34 p.m. — Burns firefighters applied 1,000 gallons of water and foam to the city’s burn pile.
9:34 p.m. — A 69-year-old woman with cardiac issues was transferred by Hillsboro ambulance from HCH to Wesley. The ambulance returned to Hillsboro at 12:09 a.m.
1:01 p.m. — A 54-year-old man complaining of anxiety, nausea, and sweaty palms at Marion Assisted Living was taken to St. Luke by Marion ambulance.
6:24 a.m. — A 39-year-old man fainting and having difficulty breathing in the 100 block of Marion St. in Lehigh declined to be taken to a hospital by Hillsboro ambulance.
12:15 p.m. — A weak and pale 66-year-old man found on the floor of an apartment at Hilltop Manor was taken to St. Luke by Marion ambulance.
1:13 p.m. — Goessel firefighters were called to assist a Canton ambulance with a 74-year-old man unable to move his extremities at a farmhouse just across the county line west of 160th Rd. Firefighters did not respond to McPherson County’s initial page but did respond when Marion County repeated the page six minutes later.
5:23 p.m. — Marion and Hillsboro ambulances initially were dispatched to the 300 block of N. Maple St. in Peabody for a 70-year-old woman having trouble breathing. Three minutes later, after a communications problem, a two-person Peabody ambulance crew, operating from what had been a shift supervisor vehicle, was dispatched as a first-response unit. The call for Marion ambulance, which had been operating for several days with an ambulance normally stationed in Hillsboro, was canceled. Before Hillsboro ambulance arrived, the Peabody crew reported that the patient would be taken to a hospital by private vehicle instead of ambulance.
5:35 a.m. — An unresponsive 98-year-old man at Parkside Homes was taken to HCH by Hillsboro ambulance.
11:33 a.m. — A 98-year-old man with a slow heart rate was transferred by Hillsboro ambulance from HCH to Kansas Heart. The ambulance returned to Hillsboro at 2:12 p.m.
6:23 p.m. — A 96-year-old woman who fell and was bleeding from her head was taken to St. Luke by Marion ambulance from the 100 block of Elm St. in Marion.
Last modified Dec. 7, 2022