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Man goes to Ky. firehouse for medical help, finds it closed

Called 911 from station 15 at Shillito Park and waited about eight minutes for crews from another station to respond


LEXINGTON, Ken. — A man suffering from severe chest pains went to a Lexington fire station for help Wednesday, only to find it was closed.

The man called 911 from station 15 at Shillito Park and waited about eight minutes for crews from another station to respond. EMS took the man to the hospital. There was no information released on his condition.

The city closes some fire stations at certain times to save money.

The Lexington Fire Department union president issued a statement criticizing the brownouts. He says the city refuses to put up signs indicating when a station is closed because, "they know they are wrong."

Lexington Fire Department Lt. Chris Bartley says it's not unusual to have people come to a fire station seeking help.

"It could be a lot worse. We've had some people pull up where people are dying and actually in cardiac arrest, or an active seizure, or active delivery of a baby. I mean, we're also a Safe House. We've had people who've been assaulted that come up to the station. They know that usually somebody is here if that fire truck is here," he said.

Reprinted with permission of Lex18

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Nova Sten Nova Sten Saturday, April 21, 2012 9:42:59 AM Thank you very much.
Brenda Childers Kidd Brenda Childers Kidd Saturday, April 21, 2012 9:48:12 AM no one should blame any of the firefighters at that station,,, its not their fault they had to close due to budgets......hate the man had to wait for someone else to show up....and pray that he will be alright.
Tom Webster Tom Webster Saturday, April 21, 2012 11:26:26 AM Sounds like they need some new city "Officials" this election time... That is just wrong on so many levels.
Lynn Lord Lynn Lord Saturday, April 21, 2012 11:58:00 AM Staff it with volunteers, sure there are a few around that would help out even if it where just to station sit, but would the paid members get upset?
Elizabeth Miller Elizabeth Miller Sunday, April 22, 2012 11:03:04 AM Maybe they can equip their doors with an intercom style phone where they can call dispatch for EMR's until help arrives? My station is always unmanned. We can meet you there, but you still have to call 911.

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