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Detroit family loses loved one, questions EMS response time

The Detroit Fire Department is investigating why it took EMS crew nearly 20 minutes to respond to the family's home

DETROIT — An investigation is underway into why it took nearly 20 minutes for an EMS crew to arrive at the home of a man who was struggling to breath.

The family of Robert Poff, 46, are in shock and praying over their loss of him. He died in his home on Cameron Street near 8 Mile Road in Detroit.

Thursday at 5:45 a.m., Robert's wife Joann saw that her husband seemed to have stopped breathing. A 911 dispatcher was coaching her on giving him CPR. "They said, we hear a faint breathing. It is faint, but we are hearing a faint breathing," said Joann Poff.

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Karli Sutton Karli Sutton Friday, June 07, 2013 11:05:33 AM Stop cutting funds to emergency services! The politicians cut in cities as if super heroes are real, when the real super heroes.. real live people.. just cant be at every call, every minute.
Evan Scott Evan Scott Friday, June 07, 2013 11:11:08 AM I have mainly worked in rural areas as far as EMS goes, and 20 minutes used to be quick to get into some areas.
Teresa Barents Van Bramer Teresa Barents Van Bramer Friday, June 07, 2013 11:39:04 AM Just curious if there is any type of policy in place that does not allow a police officer or a fire department unit with oxygen and cpr knowledge to respond?
Lisa McFerren Lisa McFerren Friday, June 07, 2013 12:35:28 PM Why do they cut funds to EMS, FIRE, PD, and teachers first? don't they know we are the ones that spend most of our day taking care of everyone else? Foolish on their parts, very foolish.
Tress Zielinski Tress Zielinski Friday, June 07, 2013 1:42:49 PM sometimes--it just happens--sounds like the system was taxed prior to his call.
Steve Jacobi Steve Jacobi Friday, June 07, 2013 1:43:06 PM This has been the topic of several discussions on EMT forums. Many EMTs and Paramedics are absolutely against Police and Fire doing this. They want to be the only responders doing these things.
Charlie Clark Charlie Clark Friday, June 07, 2013 10:47:12 PM that's ok, when a call comes in that one of the politicians needs an ambulance, make sure to take 30+ minutes to get to them. When questioned, make sure to show them documentation of the budget cuts, shrug your shoulders and tell them, "sorry, we're so broke because of you that we had to fire half our EMT's and we were already busy when you called...guarantee money issues will change quickly.

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