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Chicago will continue to rely on its fleet of 80 ambulances and will keep on sending paramedics out to medical calls on fire trucks.
The 43-year-old suspect was charged with a felony count of possession of a stolen vehicle and a misdemeanor count of driving without a license.
Chicago saw its deadliest Memorial Day weekend for gun violence since 2015, a jarring reminder that even a coronavirus pandemic and a statewide stay-at-home order cannot halt shootings in the city.
Chicago firefighter Mario Araujo had joined the fire department in 2003.
A Chicago Fire Department paramedic has tested positive for COVID-19, the city said at a briefing today.
Chicago's fire commissioner is reportedly telling dispatchers not to admit there are no ambulances available when the city is swamped with medical emergencies.
U.S. Representative Bobby L. Rush (D-Ill.) has introduced legislation to study, and ultimately find ways to reduce, the number of ambulance diversions taking place in Chicago and throughout the country.
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