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

AUG. 1

6:15 a.m. — An 80-year-old woman who fell at a home in the 600 block of W. 3rd St. in Hillsboro was taken to Hillsboro Community Hospital by Hillsboro ambulance.

8:34 a.m. — A fire during hay baling near 230th and Sunrise Rds. was extinguished in about an hour by Marion firefighters. A single bale was left burning in an area of already-burned grass.

11:38 a.m. — Marion firefighters were called back to 230th and Sunrise Rds. and within 1½ hours extinguished fire that had rekindled and spread to an adjoining field.

4:21 p.m. — A grass fire east of Wagon Wheel Rd. between 30th and 40th Rds. was extinguished in a little more than 1½ hours by Burns and Florence firefighters.

4:24 p.m. — An 81-year-old man reportedly suffering a heart attack at Peabody Health and Rehab was taken to NMC Health, formerly Newton Medical Center, by Hillsboro ambulance, which returned to Hillsboro at 6:22 p.m. Peabody ambulance made initial contact with the patient.

AUG. 2

1:04 a.m. — A small grass fire in a ditch at 120th Rd. and K-15 was extinguished in less than half an hour by Goessel firefighters, who asked dispatchers to assign a deputy so unspecified information could be relayed.

9:49 a.m. — Burns firefighters returned to the fire on Wagon Wheel Rd. to check for rekindling.

1:10 p.m. — An 88-year-old woman with slurred speech and vomiting at a residence on 47th Terr. along Turkey Creek northeast of Burns was taken to Susan B. Allen Memorial Hospital, El Dorado, by Marion ambulance. Burns first responders and the county ambulance director also responded. The ambulance returned to Marion at 3:38 p.m.

3:41 p.m. — A 55-year-old woman was transferred by Marion ambulance from St. Luke Hospital, Marion, to Ascension Via Christi St. Francis Hospital, Wichita. The ambulance returned to Marion at 6:36 p.m.


1:44 p.m. — A fire alarm at Westview Manor in Peabody was called off before Peabody firefighters arrived to check it.

3:46 p.m. — An 88-year-old man, disoriented and having trouble breathing after falling and hitting his head at Parkside Homes assisted living, was taken to HCH by Hillsboro ambulance.

9:55 p.m. — A 39-year-old woman with kidney pain was transferred by Marion ambulance from St. Luke to Wesley Medical Center, Wichita. The ambulance returned to Marion at 12:18 a.m.

10:44 p.m. — A 53-year-old woman, reportedly suffering from a broken shoulder at a home in the 400 block of Grandview St. in Florence, declined to be taken to a hospital by Peabody ambulance.


10:28 a.m. — An 88-year-old woman who fell and hit her head at a home in the 200 block of Grand Ave. in Hillsboro was taken to HCH by Hillsboro ambulance.

10:37 a.m. — A 93-year-old woman who fell in a bathroom at a farmhouse near 50th and Old Mill Rds. was taken to HCH by Peabody ambulance. The county ambulance director also responded to the call and accompanied the patient to HCH.

7:58 p.m. — Goessel firefighters spent almost two hours arranging to plug a leak in a propane tank outside a farmhouse near Cimarron Rd. and 28th Ave. in McPherson County.


3:33 a.m. — A 73-year-old woman with a prosthetic leg who fell and hurt her arm at a home in the 200 block of S. Madison St. in Hillsboro was helped up by Hillsboro ambulance attendants. She declined to be taken to a hospital.

11:18 a.m. — An 82-year-old woman with an unspecified health concern in the 700 block of W. Grand Ave. in Hillsboro was taken to NMC Health by Hillsboro ambulance. The ambulance returned to Hillsboro at 1:33 p.m.

11:19 a.m. — A 109-year-old woman with chest pains who passed out at a farmhouse near 290th and Banner Rds. was taken to St. Luke by Marion ambulance. Lincolnville first responders were paged but did not respond. Tampa ambulance, visiting Centre schools at the time, also was dispatched. In an unusual message before either ambulance arrived, Marion ambulance attendants told Tampa ambulance attendants: “Please try to verify a code status before starting any resuscitative efforts.”

1:44 p.m. — Burns firefighters and a sheriff’s deputy were dispatched to an unreported controlled burn in a stock tank in the 100 block of S. Washington Ave. in Burns. Firefighters quickly cooled off the fire.

4:08 p.m. — Hillsboro firefighters shut off power and monitored a downed power line in an alley in the 200 block of S. Jefferson St. until a city electric crew arrived.

11:49 p.m. — Peabody firefighters investigated reports of downed tree limbs, blocked streets, a broken power pole, and an exploded electric transformer near Santa Fe Park. Despite having backup generators, dispatchers reported difficulty communicating because power was quickly switching off and on in Marion. Firefighters continued to check the city until 1:44 p.m.


12:04 a.m. — Burns firefighters reported roof damage, a power failure, and four- to six-inch limbs down after the areas was hit by winds estimated at 80 mph

12:27 a.m. — Marion firefighters were called to check a power transformer that sparked behind Casey’s General Store in Marion, but a city electric worker already was on the scene. Firefighters also reported a downed limb blocking Locust St. near Lawrence St.

12:55 a.m. — Reporting that they had no after-hours contact information for city electric crews, dispatchers sent Hillsboro firefighters to a report of a pole and a power line, which turned out to be a communication line, down in an alley near 3rd and Lincoln Sts. in Hillsboro.

2:47 a.m. — Tampa ambulance stood by after a domestic dispute near Lincolnville in which gunshots reportedly were fired, but none of those involved wanted medical treatment.

6:56 a.m. — Goessel firefighters were called to deal with a downed power pole and live power line in the 300 block of B Rd. in Goessel. Firefighters found another downed wire along Prospect St. Barricades were erected until Evergy crews could respond.

3:19 p.m. — Burns firefighters helped Cedar Point firefighters battle a 50-acre hay fire on B Rd. in Chase County for 1½ hours.

6:49 p.m. — A 74-year-old woman who may have suffered a stroke at Parkside Homes and whose relatives were concerned about changes in her condition was taken to HCH by Hillsboro ambulance.


3:30 a.m. — A 76-year-old woman with a broken leg was transferred by Marion ambulance from St. Luke to St. Francis. The ambulance returned to Marion at 7:29 a.m.

12:04 p.m. — A 93-year-old woman with a brain hemorrhage was transferred by Hillsboro ambulance from HCH to Wesley. The ambulance returned to Hillsboro at 2:27 p.m.

1:28 p.m. — An unconscious 76-year-old man at a residence on Jerome St. at Marion County Lake was taken to St. Luke by the county’s backup ambulance, in use while Marion ambulance was being repaired. The county’s ambulance director also responded to the call. Ambulance attendants initially asked for a helicopter to stand by at St. Luke to transfer the patient onward, but the request later was canceled.

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