Pennsylvania Paramedic Fatally Injured in Chase with Patient

 

 
 
 

| Monday, March 8, 2010


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Updated 3/8 @ 5p ET -- A veteran Bensalem, Pennsylvania Paramedic died Sunday night after suffering a massive heart attack while chasing a man he was responding to help.

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  • Paramedic identified as 39-year-old Daniel McIntosh
  • McIntosh suffered heart attack after chasing after victim who fled from the scene
  • Suspect in custody, undergoing evaluation
  • McIntosh was also a tactical medic and recently hired as a part-time police officer.
  • McIntosh leaves behind a wife and two young children

At about 7 p.m. Sunday, EMS and police units were dispatched to a male with a reported mental illness (initially reported by WPVI as a possible suicidal subject). The medic, identified Monday morning as Daniel McIntosh, was pronounced dead at an area hospital.



An interview on NBC Philadelphia with police Sgt. Andrew Aninsman reported that medics approached the individual. The individual was reported to have been fleeing the scene at the time of the encounter and that McIntosh gave chase.



Initial media and police reports suggested the medic was injured during some sort of altercation with or attack from the victim, which was not the case.



McIntosh is from Bensalem Emergency Medical Services in Bucks County. The organization's Web site listed McIntosh as an EMT-Paramedic assigned to Station 186. He'd been with the department since 1998. The 39-year-old medic has been with the organization since 1998 and is married with two daughters, ages 1 and 5.



McIntosh was also a part-time police officer and a tactical medic.At a press conference Monday afternoon, officials said he suffered a heart attack as he ran after the fleeing patient. (Read the latest from the afternoon press conference here.)



"Sometimes you just don't know what is going to happen," PhillyFireNews.com News Editor Steve Skipton told users of the site's forum Sunday night. "I teach new EMT's and preach scene safety on every response well this brings that point home that no calls are 'routine'. Be safe"



Police say the unidentified suspect has a history of mental illness and is being evaluated at a hospital, according to the Associated Press.



JEMS.com will have further details on this story as new information becomes available.

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