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Medics injured in crash keep working on 8-year-old patient

Despite injuries after their ambulance flipped when hit by a wrong-way driver, they continued working on the boy who had suffered cardiac arrest


BUFFALO, N.Y. — Just after midnight last Friday at Bryant and Ashland in Buffalo, a Rural Metro ambulance was struck by a wrong-way driver.

The driver, 25-year-old Jeremy Parilla fled his vehicle but was taken into custody soon after. He has been charged with driving under the influence.

Three paramedics and a Buffalo firefighter in the ambulance were badly shaken up, but never stopped attending to their very sick passenger. They were transporting an 8-year-old boy who had suffered cardiac arrest. They managed to restore his pulse before attempting to rush him to Women and Children’s Hospital in Buffalo.

Read full storyAfter ambulance flipped in crash, paramedics kept working

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Tara Heckman Scolese Tara Heckman Scolese Tuesday, September 02, 2014 9:49:57 AM Proud of our hometown crew!
Rob S Ocasio Jr Rob S Ocasio Jr Tuesday, September 02, 2014 10:07:17 AM Bravo to them for not giving up. They r true heroes.
Adam Patrick Adam Patrick Tuesday, September 02, 2014 10:15:53 AM proud to work with each of you Eric SmithBill WalshBlaine Bosworth
Sharon McGehee Sharon McGehee Tuesday, September 02, 2014 10:17:06 AM They gave that child's parents the greatest gift. The chance hopefully to say goodbye. My Hero's
Adam Lock Adam Lock Tuesday, September 02, 2014 10:31:13 AM Proud in knowing that these guys work in my hometown.
Janelle O'Shannessy Janelle O'Shannessy Tuesday, September 02, 2014 12:01:11 PM Bless...true heros!
Nick Diprima Nick Diprima Tuesday, September 02, 2014 12:39:45 PM Well done!
Christian Paul Amorado Ü Christian Paul Amorado Ü Tuesday, September 02, 2014 12:44:59 PM Did the boy survived?
Becky Kent Ream Becky Kent Ream Tuesday, September 02, 2014 3:41:08 PM He lived for another half hour after getting to the hospital, but his heart gave out. Very sad.
Allison Ludwick Smith Allison Ludwick Smith Tuesday, September 02, 2014 4:05:54 PM True heroes!
Andrew Poulson Andrew Poulson Tuesday, September 02, 2014 4:36:18 PM Great job!!!
Joe Green Joe Green Tuesday, September 02, 2014 5:18:37 PM God bless him and the others, hope he is healing well
Tonya Winkley Tonya Winkley Tuesday, September 02, 2014 6:46:21 PM I'm a paramedic and an RN . Our job never stops even off the clock . It's who we are . I would so like to meet these guys ! Thanks for all you do !
Philip Schuberg Philip Schuberg Wednesday, September 03, 2014 10:22:31 PM Proud of you brothers! BC Canada paramedic
Mark Anthony Wilson Mark Anthony Wilson Thursday, September 04, 2014 6:04:44 AM Buffalo's Best and Bravest..Can't stop us, or keep us down..our EMTs care.
Ginny Lynn Stokes-Young Ginny Lynn Stokes-Young Thursday, September 04, 2014 12:25:29 PM These are real heroes! Well done!
Jason Benaim Jason Benaim Saturday, September 06, 2014 5:22:28 AM It's an honour to be in the same profession as these paramedics, from a fellow comrade to the the north, Toronto EMS

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