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Special Request in Lloyd Austin's 911 Call: Be 'Subtle'
911 Call for
Lloyd Austin
Is Out

911 Call for Lloyd Austin Is Out

Aide asked for ambulance heading to defense secretary's home to be 'subtle' about it

(Newser) - Lloyd Austin was released from Walter Reed hospital on Monday, two weeks after being secretly admitted for complications following surgery for prostate cancer. Now, audio is out of the call requesting an ambulance be sent to the defense secretary's Virginia home on New Year's Day, with a special...

Ambulance Patient Turns Into Ambulance Driver

New York state police finally stop his joyride with tire spikes

(Newser) - It's not your typical ambulance ride. Authorities said a patient stole the one that had taken him to a New York City hospital and took it on a 25-mile joy ride that ended when state police used a spike strip to stop him, reports the AP . The bizarre incident...

Hawaii Ambulance Mysteriously Goes Up in Flames, Killing 1

And critically injuring a paramedic

(Newser) - A patient died and a paramedic was critically injured when their ambulance caught fire outside a hospital in Hawaii, emergency officials said. "We had an ambulance tonight for reasons we don't understand catch on fire, possibly explode, prior to entering the hospital," said Dr. Jim Ireland, the...

A Day on the Water Interrupted by a Huge Splash

Stolen ambulance ends up in bay in Rochester, NY, after high-speed police chase

(Newser) - Families and boaters enjoying a day at Irondequoit Bay in Western New York got quite the surprise on Sunday when an ambulance being pursued by cops ended up in the water. New York State Police say the emergency vehicle, stolen from an ambulance company in Utica, was spotted by state...

Cops: Man Stole Ambulance, Then Went to the Drive-Thru

Renaldo Leonard was busted at a Houston Jack in the Box

(Newser) - Car theft can really work up your appetite. At least that appears to be the case in a story out of Houston, where police say a man stole an ambulance on Thursday night, then promptly headed to a local drive-thru to grab a bite. "Paramedics were on a call...

Amid COVID Surge in LA, a 'Health Care Nightmare'

Hospitals are having to make 'tough decisions' about patient care

(Newser) - The spike of COVID cases in Los Angeles County has brought hospitals there to a "point of crisis," according to the county's health services chief, with hospitals discharging people more quickly than usual to make room for new patients, and several area hospitals declaring "internal disasters"...

People Are Calling Uber Instead of Ambulances, Study Finds

Uber isn't thrilled, but researchers say it could be a good thing

(Newser) - People are increasingly taking Uber instead of ambulances to get to the hospital, new research suggests. For a (non-peer-reviewed) research paper released Wednesday, economics professor David Slusky and Dr. Leon Moskatel looked at ambulance usage in 766 US cities upon the arrival of Uber from 2013 to 2015. Slusky tells...

Paramedics Clap Back at Angry Note Left on Ambulance

"Sometimes we just don't know quite what to say"

(Newser) - "You may be saving lives but don't park your van in a stupid place and block my drive." So read a note left on an ambulance while paramedics were responding to a patient in critical condition in Birmingham, England, the BBC reports. Shocked by the message’...

Drunk Man Jumps Out of Ambulance, Sues Medics

He says they should have stopped him

(Newser) - A New York City man who says the city didn't do enough to keep him from drunkenly jumping out of the back of a moving ambulance has filed a lawsuit, the AP reports. Yaugeni Kralkin says he was intoxicated last June when he was picked up by EMTs. According...

Fast-Thinking 4-Year-Old Saves Mom With Siri

He uses her thumb to unlock phone, then summons help

(Newser) - A tech-savvy 4-year-old boy saved his mother’s life by unlocking her iPhone with her thumbprint and using Siri to call an ambulance when she became unresponsive. The BBC reports that during the emergency call in south London, the boy identified as Roman thought his mother had already died, saying...

NY EMT Dead After Being Run Over by Own Ambulance

Mother of 5 killed in the line of duty

(Newser) - An FDNY EMT was killed in the line of duty Thursday evening when she was hit and dragged for at least 15 feet by her own ambulance, police say. Yadira Arroyo, a 44-year-old mother of five, and colleague Monique Williams were on their way to a call about a pregnant...

Man Makes Poor Choice After Ambulance Blocks His Car

Police say Matthew Duval tried to move the emergency vehicle himself

(Newser) - Authorities say a New Hampshire man was arrested after he tried to move a parked ambulance that was blocking his car. Matthew Duval was charged Tuesday with disorderly conduct and unauthorized use of a vehicle, the AP reports. According to WMUR , firefighters and paramedics were inside a home helping a...

Jockey Kicked in Face by Horse, Then Luck Gets Even Worse

Ambulance runs over Chris Meehan's leg, breaks it

(Newser) - You might think that, once you've gotten kicked in the face by a horse, nothing worse is likely to happen to you on that particular day. Not so for Northern Irish jockey Chris Meehan, who got a gash on the jaw and a broken nose after falling from his...

After Baby Stops Breathing, 'Hey Siri' Comes to Rescue

Aussie mom used voice-activated feature to call ambulance as she performed CPR

(Newser) - An Aussie mom recently penned a heartfelt thank-you note to Apple, and her story of how the company's "Hey Siri" feature helped save her 1-year-old daughter is now making the rounds. Per , Stacey Gleeson noticed her daughter, Giana, wasn't breathing back in March, and as...

Cops: Woman Gets in Police Chase in Stolen Ambulance

And it ends in a fiery crash

(Newser) - Paramedics leaving a San Francisco apartment building with their patient Tuesday morning were shocked to find their ambulance missing, the San Francisco Chronicle reports. They had left it running when they went inside. Police used a tracking device inside the ambulance to catch up with it a short time later....

Guy Busted With DUI in Stolen Ambulance

That's not the only odd DUI charge this week

(Newser) - If you're bored on the University of Rochester campus after the bars let out, don't do as this student did: Police say 22-year-old Robert Cordaro Jr. hopped into a Rural Metro ambulance around 2:20am Thursday and drove a quarter of a mile until he crashed into a...

Patient Flees Ambulance, Is Hit and Killed in Traffic

He ran across 5 lanes of traffic, then back into traffic

(Newser) - A patient bolted from an ambulance, ran across five lanes of traffic, and was struck and killed by cars, shutting down early morning traffic Monday on one of metro Atlanta's busiest interstates. The ambulance was transporting the patient to Grady Memorial Hospital for an evaluation shortly before 4:45am...

Cleveland Mayor Apologizes for Ambulance Bill Sent to Tamir Rice

It was apparently a miscommunication

(Newser) - Cleveland is sorry for sending an ambulance bill to the family of Tamir Rice, the 12-year-old fatally shot by a city police officer while he held a pellet gun. After news broke of the $500 claim filed against Rice's estate, Mayor Frank Jackson apologized Thursday, Cleveland 19 reports. The...

Ambulance Service to 500K People Abruptly Shutters

And hundreds are left without jobs

(Newser) - Residents in six states are scrambling for medical transportation after First Med EMS, a private ambulance service that served more than 500,000 patients a year, shut down with no warning Friday. The company was based in North Carolina and also served areas in Kentucky, Ohio (where it was the...

Man Hijacks Ambulance —With Patient Inside

No one hurt in bizarre incident

(Newser) - Let's say traffic is backed up on the highway, and you're a gun-toting would-be carjacker in a hurry. What car do you grab? If you're a quick thinker like Brian Timothy Kada Jr., you carjack an ambulance and make everyone get out of your way. That's...

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