Broadcasts about these fire and ambulance calls were monitored this past week by the newspaper:
7:45 a.m. — At the request of a Hillsboro firefighter, fellow firefighters and Hillsboro ambulance were dispatched to the 300 block of S. Main St. in Hillsboro to help lift a person who then was taken to NMC Health, formerly Newton Medical Center. The ambulance returned to Hillsboro at 9:32 a.m.
10:51 a.m. — A 74-year-old woman who fainted and was having trouble breathing at Hilltop Manor apartments in Marion was taken to St. Luke Hospital by Marion ambulance.
11:23 a.m. — An unresponsive 82-year-old woman throwing up in the 900 block of Marion St. in Florence was taken to St. Luke by Marion ambulance. Florence and Peabody first responders were paged but did not answer. The county’s ambulance director started to respond but was told he wasn’t needed.
6:58 p.m. — An 83-year-old man who fell at a farmhouse near 230th and Alfalfa Rds. and initially was reported to be uninjured was taken to St. Luke by Marion ambulance. En route, the ambulance was delayed by a horse running free along county roads.
7:13 p.m. — With Marion ambulance still on the previous call, Hillsboro ambulance was dispatched to Marion Assisted Living for an 86-year-old man with chest pains and a history of heart bypass surgery. He was taken to St. Luke.
10:05 p.m. — An 84-year-old man having trouble breathing at Parkside Homes in Hillsboro was transferred to NMC Health by Hillsboro ambulance. The ambulance returned to Marion County at 12:25 a.m.
5:30 p.m. — A ditch and tree on fire near 190th and Quail Creek Rds. were extinguished within 15 minutes by Marion firefighters.
12:29 a.m. — A 64-year-old man who fell out of bed in the 1100 block of Denver St. in Marion declined to be taken to a hospital by Marion ambulance.
9:33 a.m. — Marion firefighters stood by until Atmos Energy workers arrived after an odor indicating a natural gas leak was detected in the 100 block of W. Jefferson St. in Marion.
7:42 a.m. — A medical alarm activated by an 81-year-old woman who fell at a residence in the 700 block of Peabody St. in Peabody resulted in calls to Hillsboro ambulance and Peabody ambulance as a first-response unit. A lone technician aboard Peabody ambulance was able to help the woman get up. She declined to be taken to a hospital.
11:18 a.m. — A weak 85-year-old man whose physician asked that he be taken to a hospital was taken by Hillsboro ambulance to NMC Health from the 300 block of N. Vine St. in Peabody. The ambulance returned to Hillsboro at 1:22 p.m. A first responder aboard Peabody ambulance assisted.
Technical problems prevented monitoring of transmissions from 5:58 to 9:58 p.m.
7:11 a.m. — A diabetic 49-year-old woman feeling ill in the 200 block of W. 6th St. in Florence was taken to St. Luke by Marion ambulance. Florence first responders were paged but did not answer.
11:24 a.m. — An 80-year-old man bleeding from stitches he received on a hand after falling a day earlier was taken from Marion Assisted Living to NMC Health by Marion ambulance. Marion firefighters helped lift the patient. The ambulance returned to Marion at 2:02 p.m.
5:35 p.m. — An uninjured 82-year-old woman who tripped and fell at a home in the 200 block of S. Date St. in Hillsboro was helped up by Hillsboro ambulance attendants. She declined to be taken to a hospital.
11:47 p.m. — A 78-year-old man who fell on stairs in the 600 block of Elm St. in Florence was helped up by Hillsboro ambulance attendants. He declined to be taken to a hospital. Peabody ambulance was paged but did not answer.
8:55 a.m. — A 75-year-old woman experiencing confusion and hallucinations after having been hospitalized earlier in the week for COVID-19 was transferred from Parkside Homes to Hillsboro Community Hospital by Hillsboro ambulance.
1:34 p.m. — A woman in her 60s who may have suffered a stroke at a residence in the 100 block of Maple St. in Lost Springs was taken to Herington Hospital by Tampa ambulance. Lincolnville first responders and Marion ambulance also responded to the call.
6:29 p.m. — An initially unresponsive, barely breathing man at a farmhouse near 20th and Timber Rds. was taken to Ascension Via Christi St. Francis Hospital, Wichita, by Marion ambulance. Burns first responders arrived 20 minutes after the initial call; Marion ambulance, 7 minutes after that.
9:57 p.m. — Dispatched as it returned from Wichita, Marion ambulance transferred a septic 39-year-old from St. Luke to Wesley Medical Center, Wichita. The ambulance returned to Marion at 1 a.m.
10:32 p.m. — In a follow-up call from a day earlier, a 78-year-old man complaining of hip pain after a fall in the 600 block of N. Elm St. in Peabody was taken to NMC Health by Hillsboro ambulance. Peabody ambulance was paged but did not answer. Peabody firefighters helped lift the patient. The ambulance returned to Hillsboro at 12:36 a.m.
10:35 p.m. — With Marion and Hillsboro ambulances on calls and Peabody ambulance unavailable, Tampa ambulance was ordered to stand by in Pilsen until 12:21 a.m. for any additional calls. In the process, Burns firefighters accidentally were re-paged by cell phone.
7:26 a.m. — A smoldering pile of leaves at Peabody’s burn pit was extinguished within 30 minutes by Peabody firefighters.
12:11 p.m. — A ditch fire near US-50 and Alfalfa Rd. was extinguished within an hour by Florence firefighters.
12:42 p.m. — A 71-year-old man who felt ill while working outside just north of Goessel on Alamo Rd. was taken to NMC Health by Hillsboro ambulance.
1:17 p.m. — Florence firefighters were called back to a second ditch fire half a mile east of the previous one. It was extinguished in less than half an hour.
4:05 p.m. — Marion ambulance, Florence first responders, Florence rescue squad, Burns firefighters, and sheriff’s deputies spent nearly an hour searching in vain for a supposed traffic accident identified by an automated OnStar alert as being near US-77 on 30th Rd.
6:43 p.m. — A report of cedar trees on fire was determined by Goessel firefighters to be part of a controlled burn north of grain bins in Goessel.
Last modified Feb. 23, 2023