EMT's honored after ambulance is bombarded with bullets
The three kept their cool and continued to the hospital while under fire from a passing car
By Ellie Bogue
FORT WAYNE, Ind. — The last thing Eric Zeiger expected to encounter while driving an ambulance in Fort Wayne, Ind., was a spray of bullets.
But on Sept. 9, 2012, that's exactly what he and Jeromy Yadon, Three Rivers Ambulance Authority emergency medical technician,and Diana Lantz, a TRAA paramedic, encountered. The three had responded to a call at Piere's night club where a man had been injured in the parking lot. After loading the victim into the ambulance, they were heading to the hospital when a white car came up behind them and sprayed the ambulance with bullets as it passed.
“I thought the patient was being combative in the back, “ Zeiger said, referring to the thumping sound coming from the rear compartment, but looking in the rearview mirror he saw Lantz and Yadon hit the floor to avoid the bullets. Yadon said he could hear the bullets rattling around in the compartment. Yadon suffered minor injuries from fragments of glass when the bullet shattered the backdoor windows. Zeiger was able to glance at the car as it zoomed by and relayed that information to the Fort Wayne Police Department as he continued the run to the hospital.
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