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

JAN. 23

1:50 a.m. — A feverish 74-year-old woman vomiting at Parkside Homes in Hillsboro was taken to Hillsboro Community Hospital by Hillsboro ambulance.

JAN. 24

8:03 a.m. — An 85-year-old who fell in the 300 block of S. Grant St. in Marion declined to be taken to a hospital by Marion ambulance.

10:46 a.m. — An 80-year-old woman who fell in the 400 block of S. Freeborn St. in Marion declined to be taken to a hospital by Marion ambulance.

1:59 p.m. — An 84-year-old man with head and neck pain after an overnight fall at a farmhouse near 170th and Eagle Rds. was taken to HCH by Hillsboro ambulance.

3:17 p.m. — An ailing 85-year-old man at a home in the 400 block of N. Coble St. in Marion was taken to St. Luke Hospital, Marion, by Marion ambulance.


8:40 a.m. — At a physician’s request, an 81-year-old man was taken to HCH from Parkside Homes by Hillsboro ambulance.

9:49 p.m. — A 34-year-old man with kidney failure was transferred by Hillsboro ambulance from HCH to Wesley Woodlawn Hospital, Wichita. The ambulance returned to Hillsboro at 12:17 p.m.

2:54 p.m. — Efforts by Hillsboro and Peabody ambulance attendants to resuscitate a woman not breathing at a home in the 700 block of N. Locust St. in Peabody ended after it was determined she had signed a do-not-resuscitate directive. A coroner was called. Marion ambulance briefly was called as well, but the call was canceled before the ambulance arrived.

10:54 p.m. — A 53-year-old man reported to be choking at a farmhouse near 60th and Quail Creek Rds. was checked by Marion ambulance attendants. The call initially went to Hillsboro and Peabody ambulances, but Peabody ambulance did not respond, and eight minutes after the call came in, Hillsboro ambulance attendants suggested that Marion ambulance would be closer. The call was switched to Marion ambulance, which arrived 35 minutes after the initial call, but the patient declined to be taken to a hospital.

11:44 p.m. — Four minutes after completing the call to east of Peabody, Marion ambulance was dispatched to Homestead Affordable Housing in Marion for a 28-year-old man with chest and arm pain and trouble breathing. Attendants suggested the call be shifted to Hillsboro ambulance, which arrived 17 minutes after the initial call. The patient declined to be taken to a hospital.


7:49 a.m. — A 21-year-old man injured in a fall the day before was taken by Hillsboro ambulance to HCH from a home in the 700 block of Abilene Ave. in Durham. After trouble reaching them, a Durham first responder and Tampa ambulance also were dispatched, but before Tampa ambulance arrived, attendants were told to stand down.

11:21 a.m. — Marion firefighters diverted traffic until an Atmos Energy crew arrived after a natural gas meter was struck in the 200 block of N. Freeborn St. in Marion.

3:34 p.m. — Marion ambulance was sent to St. Luke to transfer a 70-year-old woman to Wesley Medical Center, Wichita.

3:47 p.m. — With Marion ambulance waiting to transfer a patient from St. Luke, Hillsboro ambulance was sent back to Homestead Affordable Housing from the same 28-year-old man, again complaining of chest pain, who had called the night before. Marion ambulance postponing its transfer, calling Hillsboro ambulance off, and handling the call instead. The man declined to be taken to a hospital, and the ambulance returned to St. Luke and transferred the patient at 4:26 p.m. The ambulance returned to Marion at 7:04 p.m.


10:18 a.m. — After considerable confusion over location and whether it was one accident or two, Hillsboro and Marion ambulances and Hillsboro firefighters were dispatched to an accident involving a 15-passenger van that rolled onto its top at 110th and Indigo Rds. One patient ended up being taken to HCH by Hillsboro ambulance; five others declined to be taken to a hospital. Other units were told to stand down after Hillsboro ambulance and the first of Hillsboro firefighters arrived at 10:33 a.m.


8:47 a.m. — An unconscious 73-year-old woman at Peabody Health and Rehab was taken to NMC Health, formerly Newton Medical Center, by Hillsboro ambulance. The ambulance returned to Hillsboro at 11:20 a.m. Peabody ambulance was paged but did not answer.

1:18 p.m. — A 17-year-old boy who accidentally swallowed fuel at a residence in the 100 block of S. Washington St. in Burns was taken to St. Luke by Marion ambulance. A Burns first responder arrived after the ambulance.

5:06 p.m. — A tractor fire on Sunflower Rd. between 40th and 50th Rds. was extinguished within 20 minutes by Peabody firefighters.

8:05 p.m. — Hillsboro ambulance was dispatched to the 300 block of Walnut St. in Peabody for an 85-year-old man unable to stand or walk. The ambulance was told to cancel the call 20 minutes later, after relatives notified dispatchers that they would take the man to a hospital on their own.

9:54 p.m. — A 78-year-old woman who may have suffered a stroke at Parkside Homes was taken by Hillsboro ambulance on an emergency basis to Ascension Via Christi St. Francis Hospital, Wichita. The ambulance returned to Hillsboro at 12:15 a.m.


3:37 p.m. — Marion ambulance was dispatched for a 34-year-old man who may have overdosed at a farm near 270th and Remington Rds. However, as the ambulance was arriving, he drove off with a quarreling female companion in a Jeep sport-utility vehicle and stopped in the middle of the road near the intersection.

After talking to ambulance attendants and three sheriff’s deputies, the people in the Jeep agreed to take the man by private vehicle to St. Luke. Deputies followed and along with an additional deputy and two Marion police officers whom they asked to join them took him into the hospital at 5:05 p.m.

Marion ambulance was dispatched to St. Luke at 5:39 p.m. to transfer him, once stable, to Wesley. The ambulance waited until 7:30 p.m. before returning to its quarters 10 minutes after a LifeSave helicopter ambulance landed to complete the transfer. The helicopter lifted off at 8:10 p.m.

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