Firefighters ditch ambulance to rescue patient on icy road

Maryland Heights Firefighter Shaylor Taetz said he and his partner were rushing to a bus crash when their ambulance slid on the ice and hit a guardrail


Associated Press

MARYLAND HEIGHTS, Mo. — Firefighters in suburban St. Louis gave up on using an ambulance after roads became dangerously icy and instead used a stretcher to walk a patient about a mile to a hospital.

KSDK-TV reports that Maryland Heights Firefighter Shaylor Taetz rushed to Interstate 270 with his partner Sunday after a bus spun around on the freeway. Taetz says they'd almost reached the bus when their ambulance slid on the ice and hit a guardrail.

But the firefighters got to the bus, and the driver was the only person on board. They put the woman on a stretcher, covered her up to keep the sleet off her, and walked her about a mile (about 1.6 kilometers) to a hospital as traffic went around them. One passer-by captured a picture of the effort.

The woman's injuries weren't serious.

 

This is dedication! Icy roads weren’t going to prevent Maryland Heights Fire Protection District from ensuring this person got the care he needed. Please share this post to thank these selfless heroes.

Posted by SSM Health DePaul Hospital - St. Louis on Sunday, February 10, 2019

 

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