LOUISVILLE, Ky. The near deaths -- and miraculous saves -- of two athletes at the National Senior Games has focused attention on what cities do to protect people who gather in large numbers.The city of Louisville and the organizers of the "senior Olympics" decided to pool public and private resources to be ready in case any of the 30,000 spectators or 12,000 athletes (who range from 50 to more than 100 years old) suffered a cardiac arrest.
HOOD COUNTY, Texas Hood County officials issued a disaster alert shortly before 10:30 p.m. Tuesday due to severe flooding.The alert stated that residents were seeking refuge on rooftops as floodwaters engulfed homes.Shortly after 10 p.m. Tuesday, Hood County News Online reported that Granbury Lake Harbor residents were being rescued by boat and that some had climbed trees or cut holes in their roofs to escape floodwaters. The report also stated a call had been issued for all available firefighters and paramedics to assist with the rescues.
Two people suffered serious falls at Devil's Lake State Park on Saturday and had to be rescued by an ambulance rope rescue team.Shortly after 6 p.m., a 15-year-old girl fell 40 feet while climbing on the park's East Bluff, said Lt. Jennifer Hanson of the Baraboo District Ambulance Service. The girl, who had been climbing in an area that had not been designated as safe, had deep cuts on her face and forehead that required stitches but were not life-threatening.
FAYETTE COUNTY, Tenn. Fayette County Emergency Medical Services has 10 full-time paramedics.Five of them recently interviewed for jobs paying upwards of $47,000 a year with Rural/Metro ambulance service in Shelby County, said Sam McKnight, Fayette's EMS director."I can't be mad at them when they're offering that kind of money. That's more than I'm making," McKnight said. Starting pay for a paramedic in Fayette is about $35,000 a year, depending on the numbers of hours clocked, McKnight said.
Vallejo, Calif. Rescue workers used a boat, crane, helicopter and a bit of ingenuity Tuesday to get an injured ironworker off the isolated remnants of the old Carquinez Bridge almost 200 feet in the air.
JERSEY CITY, N.J. Shokry Guirguis took his job fixing ambulances seriously, but the Edison resident was always ready with a quick joke and a smile, according to his co-workers at Jersey City Medical Center. "He had a way of making a situation better. He had a keen sense of humor when joking with staff," said Christopher Rinn, the emergency medical squad director. "More than a coworker, he was a father figure to many young staffers."
FITCHBURG, Mass. Looming layoffs will either force the fire chief to close the Summer Street fire station or pull an engine from the central fire station.The department currently has one ladder and four engines: one at Summer Street, one at the Oak Hill station, and two at the central station. But the department will lose an engine after five layoffs and four retirements go into effect this Sunday, Fire Chief Kevin Roy said. Roy reiterated Tuesday what he said during the fire department's budget hearing with the city council Monday night.
STOCKTON, Calif. A police officer injured in a collision with an ambulance early Sunday remains hospitalized in serious condition as investigators determine which vehicle ran a red light while responding to separate emergencies.Officer Kimberly Sailius, 36, was airlifted to the Stanford University Medical Center in Palo Alto on Monday with multiple broken bones and severe head and facial trauma, said Officer Pete Smith, a spokesman for the Stockton Police Department.
KANSAS CITY, Mo. Kansas City International Airport officials are crediting three airport police officers with saving the life of a traveler who Monday morning collapsed from a heart attack in Terminal B.Lt. Steve Newman and Officer John Martinez responded to the call at the Southwest Airlines ticket counter. The traveler, William McMaster of New Oxford, Pa., was on the floor unconscious.
STOCKTON, Calif. A Stockton police officer remained in serious condition at San Joaquin General Hospital late Sunday night after an ambulance collided with her patrol car early that morning. The officer, Kimberly Sailius, was the driver of a patrol car struck by an American Medical Response ambulance about 3:30 a.m. in the intersection of El Dorado Street and Weber Avenue, police reported.