EMS director recalls responding to fatal prison riots

Lee County EMS spent more than seven hours at the Lee Correctional Institution, treating various injuries such as stab wounds, cuts and bruises

By EMS1 Staff

BISHOPVILLE, S.C. — An EMS director who responded to a prison riot recalled his experience after the incident that left seven dead and 17 injured.

ABC News 4 reported that Lee County EMS responded to the Lee Correctional Institution after the riots occurred and spent more than seven hours treating injuries such as stab wounds, cuts and bruises, according to EMS director Jim Dubose.

"This was the worst one I've had to deal with in my career," Dubose said. "As we got there, we were told there were going to be several inmates."

Dubose said more than 30 EMS providers were on scene and had to wait several hours before they could begin treating patients.

"We're limited in what we can do at a secured prison facility," Dubose said. "They have their policies and we can't go in until it's safe."

The agency was not alone in the response. Florence County EMS, Kershaw County EMS, Darlington County EMS, Lexington County EMS and Hartsville Rescue all responded to the incident, according to WLTX19.


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