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Akron Fire Officials Dispute Lag Time

AKRON, Ohio -- An Akron Fire Department emergency vehicle arrived at the hospital only 18 minutes after getting to the scene of a Friday night motor scooter accident that claimed the life of an Akron man, dispatch center records show.

And the city's top fire officials said the emergency vehicle, Med Unit 4, did not break down and stall at the accident scene, as witnesses said earlier this week in leveling criticisms at the department.

Chief Larry Bunner said a firefighter who jumped into the driver's seat inadvertently activated the anti-theft device while three paramedics were busy in the back of the vehicle working on the victim.

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