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October 8, 2010 | By CATHERINE LUCEY, luceyc@phillynews.com 215-854-4172
Mayor Nutter took a beating yesterday from one of his closest Council allies over the mayor's efforts to remove paramedics from the fire union on the grounds that they don't fight fires. Councilman Jim Kenney, a longtime Nutter supporter, delivered a blistering speech on the Council floor, asking Nutter to reconsider the move. "I'm asking the mayor as my friend, I'm asking the mayor as the leader of this city to stop this from happening," Kenney said. "We need to hold the line now because these people need our help.
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November 29, 1987 | By Christopher Hand, Special to The Inquirer
For the last 10 years, from his vantage as a paramedic, Jaime Pitner of Shamong has seen firsthand the grim toll taken along Burlington County's highways. 'Driving through Burlington County, the traffic has gotten crazy," said Pitner, the supervisor of Memorial Hospital of Burlington County's mobile intensive-care unit. "The growth has been unbelievable. " Pitner's unit is called out during medical emergencies to administer advanced-life-support care. He said the increase in traffic in Burlington County can be a "terrible problem" for emergency squads.
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July 17, 1991 | By Huntly Collins, Inquirer Staff Writer
When the paramedics in A platoon reported to work at the red brick fire house shortly after 7:30 a.m. yesterday, nobody expected that six hours later they would be engaged in a furious - and ultimately futile - effort to save the life of a Philadelphia legend. But one of the three had an inkling something unusual would happen. During his four weeks as a paramedic trainee at Engine Company 24 in South Philadelphia, rookie Phillip Geliebter had complained of boredom. Yesterday, his partner, Scott Bahner, reassured him it would be different.
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October 15, 2010 | By Jeff Shields, Inquirer Staff Writer
A Common Pleas Court judge Thursday extended until Nov. 1 a temporary restraining order allowing city paramedics to continue receiving health-care benefits from Local 22 of the International Association of Fire Fighters. Judge Paul P. Panepinto ordered the extension at the request of the Nutter administration and the firefighters union, who agreed to continue discussions to break an impasse on the status of paramedics. Panepinto's order, entered last Friday, prevents the administration from shifting about 220 paramedics into the health-care plan that covers independent city employees.
NEWS
April 13, 2002
Paramedics should always take extremely ill babies directly to an emergency room. People who are still breathing and have pulses shouldn't be handed by paramedics over to the morgue. There shouldn't have to be rules about such things. It's just common sense. But after two frightening incidents in the last few weeks, it's possible there is a big gap in paramedic rules and regulations in Philadelphia that needs fixing - and fast. At the very least, paramedics may require reinstruction on the basic duty of their jobs, which is: First, save lives.
NEWS
July 26, 2014 | By Joseph A. Slobodzian and Aubrey Whelan, Inquirer Staff Writers
The family of a pregnant Fairhill woman who died in 2012 after a fall at her parents' home sued the city Thursday, contending her death and her child's severe brain damage resulted from paramedic malpractice and defective equipment. The suit was filed in Common Pleas Court by Eriberto Rodriguez, widower of Joanne Rodriguez; their 21-month-old son, Xavier; and maternal grandmother Daisy Morales. "My wife should be alive today. My son should be healthy, growing, playing, laughing.
NEWS
January 20, 2012
A state court ruled Thursday that about 200 city paramedics belong to the Philadelphia Firefighters Union bargaining unit, a victory for International Association of Firefighters Local 22 and a blow to Mayor Nutter. In its decision, a three-judge panel of Commonwealth Court reversed a decision by the Pennsylvania Labor Relations Board, which had ruled that the city could separate the paramedics from the firefighters. The two groups have always organized as one unit. The appeals court said the two groups should be able to bargain as one because they have worked alongside each other for decades.
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March 27, 2008 | By CHRIS BRENNAN, brennac@phillynews.com 215-854-5973
The Philadelphia Fire Department is hard at work hiring paramedics, Commissioner Lloyd Ayers said yesterday. But City Council members considering his agency's annual budget were clearly impatient with the pace, since understaffing has been a significant problem. Mayor Nutter budgeted $3.9 million more for the fiscal year that starts July 1 to help the department hire more paramedics and put more medic units on city streets. Ayers told Council that he is short 31 paramedics now but has the money to hire 80 more, meaning he could hire 111 if his department could find them.
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May 21, 1992 | By S.E. Siebert, INQUIRER CORRESPONDENT
They're in the thick of it. They tend to victims of crashes, help residents flee burning homes and respond to other emergency calls. More than 1,600 people volunteer their time to emergency medical services in Montgomery County. In addition to police and firefighters, many county residents rely on the services of emergency medical technicians (EMTs) and paramedics. They offer on-call emergency medical care through 39 ambulance services in the county, according to Beth Ann Bittner, spokeswoman for the county Division of Emergency Medical Services.
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May 29, 2008 | By Emilie Lounsberry INQUIRER STAFF WRITER
Philadelphia Fire Department paramedics who went to court to get overtime pay won a significant victory yesterday when a federal appeals court ruled they are entitled to overtime pay if they work more than 40 hours a week. The 2-1 ruling by the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit came in a case involving about 300 fire service paramedics who are assigned to 40 different units at firehouses across the city. The appellate judges sent the case back to federal district court for a determination of damages.
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June 17, 2015 | By Andrew Seidman, Inquirer Trenton Bureau
TRENTON - South Jersey Democrats are fast-tracking a bill that would give Cooper University Hospital control over paramedic services in Camden, currently run by a rival hospital, in a move that critics say circumvents state regulations. Committees in the Assembly and Senate on Monday each advanced the legislation, sponsored by two Camden County Democrats, Assemblyman Gilbert "Whip" Wilson and Sen. Nilsa Cruz-Perez. The legislation, introduced last week, is expected to reach the floor of each house for a vote before lawmakers break for summer at the end of the fiscal year, June 30, by which time they must pass a balanced budget.
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April 19, 2015 | By Aaron Carter, Inquirer Staff Writer
Joey Lancellotti walked into the dugout at Neumann-Goretti last May already distraught over the loss that knocked Archbishop Wood out of the Catholic League playoffs. The news he received from coach Jim DiGuiseppe, however, was much, much worse. "I walked into the dugout, and coach was like, 'I have something to tell you. Your grandfather had a heart attack,' " recalled Lancellotti, now a junior righthanded pitcher for the Vikings. John Ierardi suffered the cardiac event before the game at his home in Bensalem, and his family asked DiGuiseppe not to tell Lancellotti, who pitched that day. "And he's like, my best friend," Lancellotti said.
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February 25, 2015 | BY DANA DiFILIPPO, Daily News Staff Writer difilid@phillynews.com, 215-854-5934
AFTER A FIREFIGHTER killed himself in September 2011 and another attempted suicide last year, a cloud of grief hung over the redbrick firehouse in Ogontz where Engine 51, Ladder 29 and Medic 18 are stationed. Yet that's where Philadelphia fire officials sent a troubled young paramedic not long after her second suicide attempt, sources say. Such insensitivity helped throw an already vulnerable woman into deeper instability, those who know her say. The paramedic, whom the Daily News is not naming because of the nature of the allegations, is now at the center of a sex scandal that has gotten national headlines.
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January 30, 2015 | BY DAVID GAMBACORTA & DANA DiFILIPPO, Daily News Staff Writers gambacd@phillynews.com, 215-854-5994
I T SEEMS a darker story lurks beneath the salacious headlines about the sex scandal that's consuming the Philadelphia Fire Department. The woman paramedic at the center of the controversy - which threatens to tarnish the careers of at least a dozen firefighters, paramedics and top brass - is a mentally troubled young woman who was preyed upon by those who should have protected her, according to numerous sources who asked not to be named because of...
NEWS
December 20, 2014 | By Tricia L. Nadolny, Inquirer Staff Writer
A Philadelphia Fire Department paramedic has apologized for posting on Instagram a photo of two black men pointing handguns at a white police officer under the caption: "Our real enemy. " Paramedic Marcell Salters continued from there: ". . . need 2 stop pointing guns at each other & at the ones that's legally killing innocents. " Mayor Nutter on Thursday said he condemned the behavior "in the strongest possible terms," calling its message "reprehensible. " "We celebrate the exercise of our First Amendment right to expression," Nutter said, "but there are clear limits, and this posting went far beyond standards of decency.
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December 19, 2014 | BY MORGAN ZALOT, Daily News Staff Writer zalotm@phillynews.com, 215-854-5928
A CITY PARAMEDIC found himself at the center of a firestorm yesterday after he allegedly posted an anti-cop message on social media, along with a photo of two men pointing guns at a police officer's head. The message allegedly posted by a paramedic, identified by sources as Marcell Salters, read: "Our real enemy. Need 2 stop pointing guns at each other and at the ones that's legally killing innocents. " It was first reported by Fox 29's Chris O'Connell Wednesday night, igniting the controversy.
NEWS
October 27, 2014 | By Jonathan Lai, Inquirer Staff Writer
It was a disaster waiting to happen. At 10 a.m. Saturday - as scheduled - a startling bang and a few puffs of multicolored smoke kicked off a carefully planned emergency-preparedness exercise at Philadelphia International Airport. Strewn across the runway were more than 100 volunteer victims and an American Airlines jet. "I can't feel my leg!" one victim called out. The live drill, required every three years by the Federal Aviation Administration, had begun. As the airport's Engine 78 arrived first on scene, the air-traffic control tower declared a major aircraft incident at the highest level.
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July 26, 2014 | By Joseph A. Slobodzian and Aubrey Whelan, Inquirer Staff Writers
The family of a pregnant Fairhill woman who died in 2012 after a fall at her parents' home sued the city Thursday, contending her death and her child's severe brain damage resulted from paramedic malpractice and defective equipment. The suit was filed in Common Pleas Court by Eriberto Rodriguez, widower of Joanne Rodriguez; their 21-month-old son, Xavier; and maternal grandmother Daisy Morales. "My wife should be alive today. My son should be healthy, growing, playing, laughing.
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July 7, 2014 | BY DAVID GAMBACORTA, Daily News Staff Writer gambacd@phillynews.com, 215-854-5994
FIRE COMMISSIONER Derrick Sawyer has fired back at the firefighters union in the yearslong battle over appropriate staffing levels. The Daily News earlier this week reported that the city ran out of available medic units multiple times on the same day. The department had acknowledged that a large influx of calls left the city without any available ambulances for 11 minutes beginning about 12:30 p.m. on Tuesday. The problem arose again about 5:30 p.m. that same day, when numerous ambulances had to respond to a horrific food-truck explosion in Feltonville that left 13 people injured, including five critically.
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June 11, 2014 | By Mari A. Schaefer, Inquirer Staff Writer
    Radnor Township Police will be honoring officers, firefighters, paramedics and others on Monday night, including a policeman who was part of the team that escorted a terminally ill 3-year-old boy from Philadelphia International Airport to his home. Platoon 4 officers will be recognized for the safe arrest on May 1 of a Radnor man who, police said, was high on LSD and swinging two machetes while walking near a popular park. The machetes will be on display.   They also will be recognized for the arrest of a male juvenile arsonist who was at the Academy of Notre Dame de Namur.
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