Call on EMS helicopters to recent auto wreck is crux of investigation

WHETSTONE, Ariz. — Whetstone Fire Chief Peter Bidon is under investigation by Arizona Department of Health Services for a decision he made at the scene of a recent vehicle wreck.

Despite the investigation, Bidon stands by the decision, citing a list of reasons for his actions.

The incident in question involves a Dec. 5 two-car wreck on Highway 82 west of Tombstone where Christina Waller, 14, was killed at the scene and Chad Labanow, 16, and Charles Zimmerman, 74, were flown to University Medical Center in Tucson for treatment. Laura Oxley, public information officer for Arizona Department of Health Services, confirmed the department is conducting “an open investigation into the circumstances surrounding the (Dec. 5) accident and what happened.”

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