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September 8, 1986 | Special to the Daily News by Bruce Johnson
Rescue workers survey the scene of an accident yesterday in West Philadelphia in which a Fire Department ambulance and a car collided. A two- week-old boy was hospitalized and four adults suffered minor injuries in the 4:15 p.m crash. The ambulance was heading south on 54th Street when it hit a Cadillac heading west on Spruce Street, which then hit another car, police said. Among the injured were a woman being taken in the ambulance to a hospital and a relative riding with her.
NEWS
August 2, 1987 | By Bill Beerman, Special to The Inquirer
The generosity of Woodbury Heights residents is being credited with saving the borough $55,000 in tax dollars. Mayor Donald W. Steward, who is also chief of the Woodbury Heights Volunteer Fire Department, explained that residents' contributions to the Woodbury Heights fire association were recently used to buy a used ambulance. Steward said that because the association needed to replace its 1974 ambulance, the borough was facing an outlay of about $55,000. But when the National Park Community Ambulance Association recently put its 1981 ambulance up for sale for $7,000, the Woodbury Heights fire association, which had the cash available from a recent fund-raising event, snapped it up. Steward said that because there was no money in the 1987 borough budget for an ambulance, Borough Council would not have been able to act as quickly to buy the National Park ambulance.
NEWS
October 4, 1987 | By Shelly Phillips, Special to The Inquirer
Anthony Polito hopes that the Good Fellowship Ambulance Club of West Chester will obtain insurance for next year. The question is: At what cost? Polito, club president, was notified recently that Nationwide Insurance of Harrisburg would not renew insurance on the club's five ambulances because there were four accidents in 1986. He said that there had been no accidents in 1983, one in 1984 and 1985, and none in 1987. "We expected a rate rise because we had a bad year last year," Polito said.
NEWS
June 19, 2013 | BY DANA DiFILIPPO, Daily News Staff Writer difilid@phillynews.com, 215-854-5934
IT STARTED as a routine run, an ambulance ferrying a seriously injured man to the hospital after he was struck by a car. But yesterday's trip quickly became extraordinary. The patient assaulted two paramedics, then jumped out and tried to steal a fire engine before police officers responding to the medics' call for help shot the patient with a stun gun to regain control, said Frank Keel, a spokesman for the firefighters' union, International Association of Fire Fighters Local 22. It started just before 5:30 a.m., when a car hit a 40-year-old pedestrian on Roosevelt Boulevard near Berkley Street, seriously injuring him. Paramedics responded, but not long into the trip, the patient began attacking them, Keel said.
NEWS
February 18, 1988 | By Bridgett M. Davis, Inquirer Staff Writer
The Cheltenham Township Board of Commissioners will appeal a recent order by the state Public Utilities Commission (PUC) that allows a local businessman to operate his ambulance and paratransit service in violation of the township zoning ordinance. The commissioners voted unanimously Tuesday night to accept a recommendation by the board's Building and Zoning Committee that township solicitor Gilbert P. High Jr. file an appeal of the PUC order in Commonwealth Court. The appeal is to a petition filed by Jeff Morgan, owner of Medi-Call Paratransit and Ambulance services and Keystone Transportation.
NEWS
May 20, 1990 | By Peggy Salvatore, Special to The Inquirer
Maryanne Cannon and Beth Miller were still reeling from an accident in which their Pontiac Grand Ams collided in Northampton Township. Then things got worse. The ambulance transporting them to Warminster General Hospital was hit by car about a half-mile away from the first accident. Police gave this account: Cannon, 54, of the first block of Amsterdam Avenue, Holland, and Miller, 25, of the first block of Kingsclere Road, Southampton, collided at New and Holland roads at about 7:45 a.m. May 10. A Tri-Hampton Rescue Squad ambulance driven by Stanley J. Niedzwiki, 31, of the first block of Granit Road, Levittown, was taking Cannon and Miller to the hospital when it was struck by a car at Hatboro and Bristol Roads about 8:23 a.m. Christine Myers, 33, of the 1200 block of Spring Street, Warminster, told police she was heading east on Bristol Road approaching Hatboro Road when she heard sirens but did not see an ambulance.
NEWS
April 7, 1995 | By Matt White, INQUIRER CORRESPONDENT
The Township Council voted last night to seize the Emergency Squad's $110,000 ambulance and revoke the squad's right to operate amid allegations of financial misconduct and abuse of power. By a vote of 5-0, the council adopted an ordinance preventing the Emergency Squad from working in the township, a move that may land the heated squabble in the courts. Following last night's action, members of West Deptford Emergency Medical Service - now the town's working ambulance squad - took possession of the West Deptford Emergency Squad's ambulance.
NEWS
November 22, 1990 | By Richard Kleiman, Special to The Inquirer
The Good Fellowship Ambulance Club will get only half the money it wanted from West Chester. The rest will go to the borough's Fire Department. After a tongue-lashing issued to both emergency-service groups, the West Chester Borough Council voted, 5-1, last week to give the ambulance club's relief association only $8,750 of the $70,000 in fire insurance money the borough received from the state. Good Fellowship had requested twice that amount, and, according to John Gavin, president of the club's relief association, his group was treated unfairly by the council.
NEWS
August 20, 1989 | By Carol D. Leonnig, Special to The Inquirer
The way Joe Anderson sees it, no one should risk having a heart attack or a car accident in Cherry Hill between 7 p.m. and 7 a.m. During those hours, he says, there's a chance that an ambulance will arrive too late to do any good. Anderson is a volunteer and captain of Squad 13-1, the group of emergency medical technicians, or EMTs, who cover the busy west side of Cherry Hill. On countless nights, he has waited - in the station and at home by his pager - for volunteers to respond to the emergency calls that come over the county dispatch radio.
NEWS
March 8, 1990 | By Eleanor Yap, Special to The Inquirer
Nicholas Walker has a lot to smile about these days. He is praised as the most active member on Bryn Athyn's ambulance unit and has received the squad's Emergency Medical Service Person of the Year award twice. He is 71. Walker is the ambulance driver or the corpsman, assisting in the patient's care and directing his crew in the care. What separates him from the other 70 members in the squad is his record. He has gone on 1,500 calls and has driven 6,000 miles since he started as a volunteer in 1983.
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January 26, 2016 | By JILL CASTELLANO, Staff Writer
WHEN EXPECTANT mother Brittany Gillette, 21, felt her water break at 5 a.m. Saturday, howling wind was stacking snow in front of her house and she feared she wouldn't make it to a hospital. Gillette quickly woke up her fiancé and her dad, who went outside to shovel a path for the car outside their West Philadelphia home. After a futile hour of work, they called an ambulance. The ambulance got as far as the corner and got stuck. "I was at the top of the block and they told me to walk to the bottom because they couldn't make it through," said Gillette.
NEWS
October 5, 2015 | By Mari A. Schaefer, Inquirer Staff Writer
Ruth von Minden's life revolves around family, church, and the Springfield Ambulance Corps. At age 66, von Minden proudly shows off a "Dinosaur of EMS" T-shirt she wears under a comfortable blue long-sleeved overshirt. She started in the Delaware County community 41 years ago as a "swoop and scoop," when medics would grab the patient and rush to the hospital for any care, and through 4,000 runs, she's seen childbirths, deadly car crashes, heart attacks, and life-altering burns. Now she's a veteran of the last all-volunteer ambulance company in Delaware County.
NEWS
September 19, 2015 | By Aubrey Whelan, Inquirer Staff Writer
A private ambulance crashed into a SEPTA bus Thursday morning, injuring three, SEPTA officials said. The incident took place around 10 a.m., when a Route 52 bus was traveling south on 54th Street near Lebanon Avenue, officials said. The bus had just finished its run, and was empty but for the driver. SEPTA officials said the ambulance T-boned the bus, injuring two people in the ambulance and the bus driver. It was unclear whether the people injured in the ambulance were patients or operators.
NEWS
September 11, 2015 | By Aubrey Whelan, Inquirer Staff Writer
Philadelphia Fire Commissioner Derrick Sawyer said Wednesday that he had launched an investigation into a video of an ambulance driver texting while driving. The video, posted by 6ABC, was taken by Ebony Clarke, who was in the ambulance with her son en route to a hospital for a head injury last month, the station reported. Sawyer said the department learned of the video through the TV station. He said he was "shocked" by the video. "Not only is [texting while driving] against department policy, but it's against Pennsylvania state vehicle codes," he said.
NEWS
August 17, 2015 | By Aubrey Whelan, Inquirer Staff Writer
The Philadelphia medic noticed smoke rising from the engine just as he steered his ambulance off I-95. He and his partner were on their way to a medical emergency when their ambulance began to smoke. Then, a bang - a "loud explosion," the medic remembered. They pulled over and scrambled from their seats as the smoke grew heavy and thick. On the side of the road, they watched as flames licked up the side of the ambulance. In the year since that fire in 2014, sources and records obtained by The Inquirer indicate that accident wasn't an anomaly - that an ambulance bursting into flames is just an extreme example of the deteriorating, sometimes dangerous fleet operated by the Philadelphia Fire Department.
NEWS
May 16, 2015 | By Michael Vitez, Inquirer Staff Writer
The ER was already busy, close to full - gunshots, car wrecks, strokes - when the "get ready" call came in at 9:45 p.m. By 10:30, they began arriving by police car, ambulance, anything. By midnight, 54 had made it to Temple University Hospital, which treated more passengers from Amtrak's Tuesday night disaster than any other emergency room. The most critical patients were rushed into one of the three trauma bays just inside the ER door. Teams of doctors and nurses were assigned to each bay, responsible for stabilizing patients and moving them through with skill and speed, making room for the next.
NEWS
April 5, 2015 | By Aubrey Whelan, Inquirer Staff Writer
Billing information for at least 750 patients who used Philadelphia ambulances in 2012 was stolen by an employee of the company that handles such data, the Fire Department said Friday. The company, Intermedix, was first made aware of the data breach, which affected agencies in several states, in 2012, the department said. The thefts were part of a scheme to use the patients' information to file fraudulent tax returns, and the employee is now in jail. In 2012, Philadelphia officials were assured that the breach did not affect them, the department said.
SPORTS
March 2, 2015 | BY FRANK SERAVALLI, Daily News Staff Writer seravaf@phillynews.com
HIS PHONE buzzed and "Patrick" popped up on the screen. Shawn Cannon already had a pit in his stomach. It was 4:30 last Monday afternoon. It was too early. His son, Patrick, wasn't finished hockey practice for another hour. His fear was confirmed upon answering, when a voice other than his son was on the other end. "It was Shane, my son's teammate, telling me that Patrick got hurt in practice. He didn't say how bad, but I could tell it was serious," Shawn Cannon said. "An ambulance was already at the rink.
BUSINESS
November 8, 2014 | By Harold Brubaker, Inquirer Staff Writer
After indicting nine Philadelphia-area ambulance company owners and their employees for Medicare fraud since 2011, the U.S. Attorney's Office in Philadelphia on Thursday, for the first time, charged passengers with fraud for accepting kickbacks. The 30-page indictment alleges that four Medicare beneficiaries received payments of up to $500 a month for riding in ambulances operated by Brotherly Love Ambulance Inc. of Philadelphia. The usual model of ambulance fraud in Philadelphia involves transporting dialysis patients, who actually can travel safely by less-expensive means.
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