Exclusives
FacebookTwitterLinkedInGoogle+RSS Feed
Fire EMSEMS TodayEMS Insider

Pennsylvania Township Mourns Fallen Paramedic

bensalem-medic

Daniel McIntosh, those who knew him say, died the way he lived - serving others, preferring to speak with deeds rather than words. A full-time paramedic, part-time police officer, and volunteer firefighter, McIntosh, 39, suffered an apparent heart attack Sunday night while chasing a man who was threatening to commit suicide, police said.

"He was a good guy who would do anything for anybody," said Thomas Topley, executive director of Bensalem Emergency Medical Services, where McIntosh was a paramedic for 13 years. Bensalem Township police said that about 7 p.m. Sunday, a 911 call was received from the family of a mentally ill man who was threatening to harm himself.

McIntosh, who was working an overtime shift, and another medic responded to the call near Knights and Dunksferry Roads, according to Sgt. Andrew Aninsman. When McIntosh approached the man, he fled. Believing the man posed a danger to himself and others, McIntosh gave chase for several blocks, collapsed, and died. He apparently injured his head when he fell. His own rescue squad took McIntosh to Aria Health-Torresdale Campus, where he was pronounced dead. The man who fled was caught shortly after 7 p.m. and taken to a hospital for psychiatric evaluation. Police would not reveal his name or the name of the institution where he was hospitalized.

McIntosh was married and the father of two daughters, ages 1 and 5. He was a tactical medic for the Bucks County South SWAT team and had recently been hired as a part-time police officer by Hulmeville Borough, police said. He was also a volunteer firefighter for the Point Pleasant Fire Department in Upper Bucks County, according to rescue squad associates.

At a news conference yesterday, Bensalem's public safety director, Frederick Harran, said that some boys dream of growing up to become a police officer, a firefighter, or a paramedic. McIntosh managed to become all three. At rescue squad headquarters and the Bensalem municipal complex, flags flew at half-staff yesterday. The rescue squad vehicle-bay doors were draped with black bunting. His colleagues remembered McIntosh as a doting father who was proud of his daughters and a dedicated colleague. "If you were having a down day, he could put a smile on your face," said David Pugh, 29, a fellow paramedic. "He was the kind of guy you'd want for a friend or neighbor, the kind of guy you wanted to be around."

"As a supervisor and friend, he was somebody I could always rely on," said Chris Adams, 39, the squad's battalion chief. "As big a guy as he was," Adams said, "he had an even bigger heart."

Contact staff writer Art Carey at 610-313-8106 or acarey@phillynews.com.

Related

Pennsylvania Paramedic Fatally Injured in Chase with Patient - JEMS.com

RELATED ARTICLES

Delivering a Miracle

The Oregon River Safety Program, provided by American Medical Response as a service to communities it serves in Northwest Oregon, realized a decrease in drow...

EMS Physicians Can Help Close the Gap Between EMS & Other Public Health Agencies

Return EMS to our roots of a very close and mutually productive relationship between the EMS physician and the field care providers.

Be Productive with your Meeting Time and Agenda

Meeting just to "meet" destroys productivity in organizations.

Staff Systems with More EMTs and Fewer Paramedics

Less is more.

Reflections on the Impact of JEMS over the Past 35 Years

EMS leaders explain what JEMS means to them.

Understanding Why EMS Systems Fail

Learn to recognize trigger points that could ruin your system.

Features by Topic

JEMS Connect

CURRENT DISCUSSIONS

 
 

EMS BLOGS

Blogger Browser

Today's Featured Posts

Featured Careers