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Police chief defends EMS response to fatal NJ mall carjacking

He said officers began administering medical care within minutes of the shooting, an on-duty First Aid Squad volunteer drove to the scene in her own vehicle within 10 minutes and the ambulance arrived within 15

The Associated Press

MILLBURN, N.J. — Police say a young lawyer received medical treatment within minutes after he was shot during a carjacking in a garage at an upscale New Jersey mall.

Tapes of 911 calls released earlier this week suggested it may have taken an ambulance 30 minutes to get to Dustin Friedland at the Short Hills mall on Dec. 15.

The Star-Ledger of Newark reports Millburn Police Chief Gregory Weber said in a statement that police officers began administering medical care within minutes of the shooting.

Weber says the Millburn-Short Hills Volunteer First Aid Squad's on-duty crew chief drove to the scene in her own vehicle within 10 minutes. The ambulance arrived within 15 minutes and Weber says Friedland was placed in the ambulance by 9:31 p.m.

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Friedland died at a hospital.

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Lisa Sheryl Kissel Lisa Sheryl Kissel Friday, January 17, 2014 2:12:54 PM When you are responding to a shooting it is protocol to worry about the satety of the scene , yourself , crew, then the patient . What good will it be if EMS providers are injured and are killed trying to get to and treat the patient!
Morgan Young Morgan Young Friday, January 17, 2014 3:15:06 PM This sounds like a good response. wonder what the problem was.
Jason Molitor Jason Molitor Friday, January 17, 2014 3:59:36 PM This is what happens when you have a volly ambulance. You wait
Wayland Slater Wayland Slater Friday, January 17, 2014 5:47:26 PM Not that bad of a wait. Sometimes location from base of EMS service and where the call is can be a factor, one of many. And this article just shows how well a system can work. Police jumped in, someone in EMS responds from home due to being close by, and when EMS does get there.....the system worked. Too bad the victim didn't make it. May have not made it anyway even if EMS response was three minutes away.
Roger Holmes Roger Holmes Friday, January 17, 2014 6:17:37 PM Sounds like the police had a medically trained person on their response team. There are police agencies that have trained EMTs and Paramedics.
Julie Larson Critchfield Julie Larson Critchfield Friday, January 17, 2014 10:24:18 PM I do know of some towns around mine that do have that problem, however, that isn't the case with the service I volunteer for. We have a regular schedule- our response time to get to the garage is within four to five min, then to where the person lives in our small town it will take another two min. Out in the deep woods or bluffs (in the boon-docks), of course takes a little bit longer. We do have a wonderful first-responder service and they are a great help when we are en route to a rural call. Please take care when you cut on may have had a bad experience and am sorry for that, but our service takes great pride in what we do.
Stephen Johnson Stephen Johnson Saturday, January 18, 2014 6:37:07 AM The media made a huge issue of the delay in the EMS crew accessing the patient once on scene, of course not recognizing that ambulances are too tall for the parking garage. Unless the patient is lying in the street, there will always be a delay in access, whether hiking into the woods or climbing flights of stairs. Kudos to the Police Chief for standing up for EMS as well as his officers. Many are quick to castigate performance of volunteer and mixed departments, but then don't want the tax burden that comes with a career department. Few outside of Police/Fire/EMS even know what level of protection they are receiving. The costs of readiness are high for all three services, yet EMS is typically forgotten and under-funded. With a median household income of $165,000 it would seem there are ample resources to support EMS, yet the annual revenue for Millburn Ambulance is $155k (dontations). Who runs a police department or school system funded solely by donations. I would argue that responding to 1400 responses on this budget is close to miraculous.
Mike Sullivan Mike Sullivan Saturday, January 18, 2014 9:21:35 AM Lets also remember they were responding to a MALL - in the middle of Christmas Shopping - normal traffic would be bad enough, add the chaos of the shooting, and the difficult access to the parking deck... Traffic would make it almost impossible...
Roy Aguilar Zarate Roy Aguilar Zarate Saturday, January 18, 2014 10:45:15 AM It was a carjacking stupid!
Roy Aguilar Zarate Roy Aguilar Zarate Saturday, January 18, 2014 10:51:35 AM Hindsight is 20/20 retired Firefighter/Paramedic/ACLS Instructor, toot,toot!
Roy Aguilar Zarate Roy Aguilar Zarate Saturday, January 18, 2014 10:56:06 AM Hah! All they did was packed the traumatic bleeding and applied direct. Then all they needed to do was get him to the ER in time.
Roy Aguilar Zarate Roy Aguilar Zarate Saturday, January 18, 2014 10:59:13 AM Deciding who was going o take the vic out of the parking garage, then making the transfer to the rig, then to the hospital.
Roy Aguilar Zarate Roy Aguilar Zarate Saturday, January 18, 2014 11:04:27 AM Which all added to the delays in getting him to the ER for a life saving surgery. His death could've been avoided.
Lisa Sheryl Kissel Lisa Sheryl Kissel Saturday, January 18, 2014 11:47:23 AM This is a situation whether someone is carjacked or shot you can still be at risk . For you to call me stupid shows immaturity on your part! Especially if he is in the area!!! If you can't correct a person like an adult don't speak to anyone at all!!!
Phil Strough Phil Strough Sunday, January 19, 2014 8:29:43 AM Really Roy... You called Lisa "stupid?" Check yourself dude. Are you burnt out or just to new to EMS to know better.
Phil Strough Phil Strough Sunday, January 19, 2014 8:44:35 AM Lisa... I was instantly offended as well, and then I read the other comments... Narcissists always continue. He can't help himself. I no longer feel offended. I feel sorry for him and his partner. We always have time for safety and the feedback that follows. What we don't have time for is nonproductive critic that point fingers at others, in an effort to feel better about their small self. I find it ironic that the "i" in Pinoy Medic is red and visually separate from the other letters in the team name.
T.J. Jeznach T.J. Jeznach Tuesday, January 21, 2014 7:14:05 AM BSI and Scene safety are the most important. Anyone who doesn't recognize that has no business in EMS!