July 13, 2015 |
If all goes as ordained by New Jersey lawmakers, six months from now Camden will be served by a fleet of brand-new ambulances and emergency vehicles staffed by paramedics and medical technicians working for Cooper University Hospital. Cooper, a teaching hospital and a designated Level 1 trauma center, was authorized to take over these services in legislation signed by Gov. Christie last week. Will Camden residents needing emergency care be better off? They will be, Cooper officials promise and some EMTs cautiously hope.
February 16, 2015 |
Hello there One night after work in October 2011, Jason, his buddy Chip, and another friend figured they'd grab a beer at Mike's York Street Bar & Grill in Warminster - Jason's hometown. They were enjoying their beers when two women approached their bar stools. Maggie, a student at Philadelphia College of Pharmacy, had been given an assignment by her introduction-to-communications professor: Invade a stranger's personal space. Write down what happens. Maggie and her friend Stefanie, who came with her for moral support, were looking for that stranger when Stefanie spotted her friend Chip.
March 27, 2014 |
THE PHILADELPHIA Civil Service Commission today will hear a pitch on how the Nutter administration plans to make staffing changes to ambulance runs - but not without resistance from the union that represents the city's firefighters and paramedics. Nutter is seeking approval from the Civil Service Commission to allow the Fire Department to implement a new deployment plan for 9-1-1 calls - one that replaces the two paramedics who are dispatched with one paramedic and one EMT. Paramedics receive more in-depth training than their EMT counterparts.
April 12, 2013
LOS ANGELES - Fire Capt. Art Hurtado was making an off-duty visit to a Home Depot store Wednesday when he encountered a horrific sight - a man had deliberately cut his own arms to the bone with handsaws. As others screamed, the veteran paramedic used materials from store shelves to stanch the bleeding. "I kind of MacGyver-ed it," Hurtado said Thursday, referring to the old TV drama about a secret agent who used whatever materials he could find to solve problems. The victim of the self-mutilation remained hospitalized in critical condition as investigators tried to determine why he hurt himself.
August 15, 2011 |
IT'S MY favorite thing - biking from the suburbs into the city. I call it my Cradle of Liberty Ride, and I'm convinced I can sell anyone on the merits of Philadelphia with just one ride. I travel through the Wissahickon along Forbidden Drive, onto Kelly Drive paralleling the Schuylkill, past Boathouse Row, the Art Museum, then onto Old City, most all of it on bike paths. It is arguably the most beautiful inner-city ride in the nation. And, on the last Sunday of July, it seemed no different, at least at first.
December 30, 2010 |
A couple of unholy, intoxicated churchgoers - high on booze and drugs - crashed a Midnight Mass in Drexel Hill on Christmas Eve when they stumbled down the aisle, fondled each other in a pew and flushed drugs down the church toilet, police said. Authorities believe that Alexander Pirone, 21, and Catherine McGrath, 24, planned to hide in the restroom until after the building was locked up for the night so that they could burglarize the church, but a cop and an EMT at the Mass thwarted them, said Upper Darby Police Superintendent Michael Chitwood.
November 4, 2010 |
The picture painted yesterday of Joseph Vignola Jr. - son of former City Councilman and Controller Joseph Vignola - was that of a young man from a privileged background who was loved by his parents, but who developed anger, anxiety and acceptance issues in his teen years. After failing out of St. Joseph's Prep and transferring to the Valley Forge Military Academy, Vignola did well and was promoted to a supervisory post. But as he reported on what other students had done, he in turn was beat on by his classmates, according to details at his sentencing hearing yesterday.
August 19, 2010 |
Birthdays tend to be joyful occasions, but for Malika Scott, July 12 will forever be a painful reminder of the day her brother was shot to death. "We were best friends. That was my favorite brother," said Malika, who turned 19 that day. "He had planned to have a party for my birthday. " Markiese Scott, 23, was killed when someone fired multiple shots into his vehicle after he left a bowling alley at 72nd Street and Elmwood Avenue in Southwest Philly. Scott was hit in the head at 11:20 p.m., and a 20-year-old woman with him suffered a graze wound to the back.
January 19, 2010 |
Anxious to heal the injured in Haiti, Jessica Mitchell, an emergency-room doctor at Cooper University Hospital, was closer to her mission but still frustrated. Tamping down her impatience with a mechanical chore, Mitchell again counted the group's supplies: 70 pounds of assorted medicines. Two duffel bags filled with plaster gauze for making orthopedic casts. Boxes of metal "external fixators" used to stabilize major bone breaks. Mitchell spent two hours sifting, sorting, counting - and agonizing.
July 8, 2009 |
Larry McDonald stands in a crowded hotel suite, plastic cup of sambuca held high, listening to his son's friends offer toasts. "He was loyal," says one. "That's what he was. " "For PAT!" says another. "For PAT!" comes the chorus. Police, firefighters, and relatives down their drinks. If they're spare with words, their sentiment is eloquent. They have all come to Washington during National Police Week in May to attend memorial services for police killed in the line of duty.