Major Incidents

LOS ANGELES -- Steven Huntsman didn't want to go downstairs with his girlfriend and 15-month-old son. After all, he reasoned, it was just a storm.He closed his eyes and tried to sleep. Then everything shook. The windows broke. His face was peppered with broken glass.He locked himself into a second-story closet and listened as the once-stationary objects that constituted his world -- cars, trees, houses, barns -- began hovering and slamming into one another.
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Update: The state EMS office in Massachusetts is now reconsidering a reminder an edict that an ambulance with a patient on board may not stop at the scene of another medical emergency.
Ambulances & Vehicle Ops

LANCASTER, Pa. -- An ambulance driver wasn't about to see the motorist who hit his emergency vehicle early this morning get away.So, the Lancaster Emergency Medical Services Associates ambulance became an instant pursuit vehicle, helping police officers apprehend the fleeing driver, who now faces drunken-driving and hit-and-run charges, police said.Michael Edward McBride, 23, of 710 N. Lime St., Apt. 1, struck the back of the ambulance just after 2 a.m. today on North Queen Street, near James Street, Officer Thomas Ginder said.
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Update: The state EMS office in Massachusetts is now reconsidering a reminder an edict that an ambulance with a patient on board may not stop at the scene of another medical emergency.
Airway & Respiratory

LANCASTER, Pa. -- A new medical facility opening Monday in Manheim Township wants to cure some of the ills found in area hospital emergency rooms.Following the lead of other immediate-care medical centers around the country, Urgent Care Center of Lancaster, 1821 Oregon Pike, will treat health care needs professionally, affordably and immediately, according to owner Dennis T. Penny Jr.
Airway & Respiratory

NEW YORK -- Reps. Jerrold Nadler and Carolyn Maloney testified at City Hall Wednesday that Congress and the president need to increase the scope and amount of health care funding for first responders, residents of Lower Manhattan, and others affected by the terrorist attacks of September 11, 2001.
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LEXINGTON, Ky. -- The teenage daughter of a paramedic who was killed in a freak accident last month has filed a wrongful-death lawsuit against a coal truck driver and the company that owns the truck.Olivia Dawn Burchett, 15, seeks millions of dollars in damages from Leslie Spence of Tomahawk and M&R Trucking Inc. of Salyersville, Ky.
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BLOOMINGTON, Ill. -- Four rural ambulance services in Illinois will receive much-needed infusions of cash after tax increases to support the agencies were overwhelmingly approved by referendum voters.Voters in Heyworth, McLean, Hudson and Bloomington Township were asked to support a tax of up to 30 cents per $100 equalized assessed valuation. The owner of a $200,000 home will pay an additional $200 on property tax bills.