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Man billed after father dies waiting for ambulance

The family reportedly waited for more than 30 minutes for an ambulance

By Arturo Garcia
The Raw Story

WASHINGTON — A Washington D.C. man is complaining after being sent a bill for nearly $800 for ambulance services that failed to save his father’s life.

“I feel angry. Upset,” Durand Ford Jr. told WRC-TV on Friday. “I’m disturbed that we even received this bill.”

The bill for $780.85 stems from Ford’s call to DC Fire & EMS (DCFEMS) on New Year’s Eve when his father, 71-year-old Durand Ford Sr., began having problems breathing. Records show the younger Ford called 911 at 1:25 a.m. that night. But while the fire department dispatched a vehicle to his house nine minutes later, no ambulances were available. DCFEMS officials called for assistance from Prince George County, more than seven miles away, 22 minutes later. A medical unit from Prince George County arrived at Ford’s home at 1:58 a.m., by which point the elder Ford had died.

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