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Pennsylvania EMT Dies While on Duty

It is with deep regret that we advise you that EMT John R. Demkosky, 35, died in the Line of Duty today after suffering a medical emergency.

John was a full-time EMT with Lackawanna (PA) Ambulance, and at the time was working his shift in the City of Scranton, PA. Initial details are that John and his partner were parked in the ambulance, in a geographically pre-assigned area, awaiting emergencies. During that time, John experienced what has been described as seizure-like activity. His partner, a PHRN, immediately radioed dispatch for assistance and initiated patient care.

After being met on scene by several other units, John was transported to Mercy Hospital, during which time he went into cardiac arrest. Lackawanna Ambulance crews and emergency room staff at Mercy Hospital continued lifesaving measures for nearly 40 minutes. Resuscitation efforts were unsuccessful and John was pronounced dead.

In addition to his employment at Lackawanna Ambulance, John was a volunteer Firefighter and EMT with Chinchilla Hose Co. in S. Abington Twp., PA. John’s past service with other departments, and previous employment as a 911 Dispatcher for the Lackawanna County Dept. of Emergency Services, resulted in him being well known and well liked by his colleagues.

Funeral arrangements and other services are still being finalized. Details will be provided as they become available. As always, our sincere condolences.