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Man says his father died waiting for ambulance

The man's father died on New Year's Eve, the day dozens of DC firefighters called out sick

NBC Washington

WASHINGTON — In an exclusive interview, a D.C. man told News4 that his father died on New Year's Eve while waiting 40 minutes for an ambulance to arrive -- the same night that dozens of D.C. firefighters called out sick.

Durand Ford Jr. told News4's Shomari Stone that his father, Durand Ford Sr., went into cardiac arrest on New Year's Eve and his family called 911 around 1 a.m. to request assistance.

"We're even more saddened because of the circumstances that surround my father's death," Ford said.

Full story: Son: Father Died Waiting for D.C. Ambulance


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Andrew Tucker Andrew Tucker Wednesday, January 16, 2013 7:13:04 PM If he's like most people who call 911, he had six working cars in the driveway.
Bill Anderson Bill Anderson Thursday, January 17, 2013 10:08:28 PM Ya know, if people would learn CPR and actually do something for their family member, this could be avoided. Doing nothing and then blaming EMS doesn't do much for their credibility. Learn to help, don't expect everything to be done for you. I would almost bet the dispatch times and the families times are different. Yes, it does seem to take forever, but in a crisis your sense of time is altered.
Lesa Gonzalez Lesa Gonzalez Saturday, January 19, 2013 4:43:40 PM If calling off was the only way to get the attention of whomever is running the service inadequately, that is the price they pay. Get EMS up to par in pay and work conditions. Stop running them into the ground and ruining their lives!

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