DC firefighters forced to transport patient in fire truck
The patient was suffering from a stroke and the nearest ambulance was 7 miles away
By Shomari Stone and Mark Segraves
WASHINGTON — District firefighters were forced to take a man suffering from a stroke to a hospital in a fire truck Thursday evening because the closest ambulance was seven miles away.
The incident comes just two days after an injured police officer waited almost 20 minutes for an ambulance.
Now, a top city leader is calling for immediate action, reported News4's Shomari Stone. The latest case involved a man in his 80s at a home in the 600 block of Atlantic Avenue SE. His wife called 911, saying the man was suffering from a stroke, said deputy fire chief Demetrios Vlassopoulos.