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Paramedic’s preparedness questioned after response to injured athlete

A video shows the paramedic walking toward a collapsed high school football player on the field

By EMS1 Staff

CLINTON, Ark. — A community is questioning the preparedness of a paramedic after a high school football player collapsed during a game.

KAIT8 reported that a video shows the paramedic walking toward the student after he collapsed. His mother, a registered nurse, said he needed oxygen after suffering respiratory distress, but she said the paramedic was empty-handed when he first responded.

In the video, the crowd is outraged due to what they called a lack of urgency from the paramedic in the incident.

Southern Paramedic Services CEO Gary Padget said the paramedic is a 20-year EMS veteran and did everything he was supposed to do in the situation. He added that the school instructed the agency not to have ambulances on the track and field, but Clinton School District Superintendent Andrew Vining said that was not the case.

The student became responsive while being transported to the hospital and is recovering.

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