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Closest unit not responding prompts Ohio policy changes

A policy is being changed to require units to notify dispatch if they are close to an emergency scene following a serious crash

MORROW COUNTY, Ohio — There are new developments in a story 10 Investigates broke last week.  A Morrow County EMS employee is out of a job over questions about the emergency response to the crash that killed Kenneth and Elizabeth Bush.

Though it's not clear whether their lives could have been saved, the closest first responders didn't respond at all.

The 911 call came in to Morrow County EMS at 8:13 pm on June 30th.  The caller told the operator of three victims.  Two of them, husband and wife Kenneth and Elizabeth Bush, both critically injured.

Read full storyEMS Response To Deadly Morrow County Crash Prompts Policy, Personnel Changes

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Michael Loghry Michael Loghry Wednesday, July 16, 2014 1:01:27 PM Dispatch errors occur unfortunately... but if that crew knew of the call and ignored it then that is sad. Unfortunately I have worked with partners that would rather a pt suffer than to jump a call due to proximity and that is just plain wrong. None of us got into this business to let people suffer yet people burn out and make decisions that would definitely be different if it were their family member. People need to buck up and if they are going to work ems and have the public depend on them then they need to be dependable. If they can't find a way to do that then they need to move on to a line of work where people do not depend on them.
George Yaworski George Yaworski Friday, July 18, 2014 5:49:58 AM We would always respond to assist if in the area and not dispatched. If another call came in we would clear and take. This also questions whether all dispatches are heard in all units.

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