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Broadcasts about these fire and ambulance calls were monitored this past week by the newspaper:


1:49 p.m. — Problems with an exhaust fan prompted Marion firefighters to test carbon monoxide levels at Gambino’s Pizza.

11:12 p.m. — Sheriff’s deputies, Marion firefighters, Marion rescue squad, and Marion and Hillsboro ambulance searched in vain for nearly an hour to find a second victim of a one-car accident on Turkey Creek Rd. south of Marion County Lake.

The first victim told dispatchers she had been thrown from the vehicle, though accident reports do not confirm this. She apparently walked almost a mile from the accident to the lake office and then declined to be taken to a hospital.

The second victim, a reportedly intoxicated man, was not found.


2:30 a.m. — Tornado sirens in parts of Marion were accidentally activated.

8:54 a.m. — A woman unable to get out of bed because of back pain was taken from Hilltop Manor to St. Luke Hospital by Marion ambulance.

11:53 a.m. — A small grass fire near 60th and Timber Rds. was quickly extinguished by Florence firefighters.

2:51 p.m. — An 88-year-old Hillsboro Community Hospital patient was transferred to Wesley Woodlawn Hospital, Wichita, by Hillsboro ambulance.


7:07 a.m. — Goessel firefighters helped control traffic after a 51-year-old motorcycle rider hit a deer five miles west and a mile north of Goessel in McPherson County.

11:45 a.m. — An unconscious 82-year-old woman who fell in the 700 block of Sherman St. in Marion was taken to St. Luke by Marion ambulance and transferred to Via Christi – St. Francis Hospital, Wichita, by LifeSafe helicopter.

1:15 p.m. — Fire that apparently began in a kitchen caused extensive damage to a home in the 400 block of S. Ash St., Hillsboro. Hillsboro, Marion, and Peabody firefighters fought the blaze, remaining at the scene for three hours. Hillsboro ambulance and the county’s emergency management director also responded.

5:13 p.m. — On doctor’s orders, a person who earlier suffered a foot injury was taken to St. Francis by Marion ambulance from a residence near 40th and Vista Rds. First responders from Burns were paged but did not respond.

7:24 p.m. — A 76-year-old Oakwood Apartments resident with pain in her chest and difficulty breathing declined to be taken to a hospital by Hillsboro ambulance.

11:12 p.m. — An electrical transformer that exploded and was “dripping fire” near 190th and Kanza Rds. was quickly dealt with by Hillsboro firefighters. Firefighters indicated the explosion and fire may have been caused by an animal.


12:54 a.m. — At the request of Hillsboro police, Hillsboro ambulance drew blood from a motorist suspected of driving while intoxicated at US-56 and Adams St.

10:43 a.m. — A 36-year-old woman who suffered a seizure, fell, and was bleeding at Tampa State Bank in Tampa declined to be taken to a hospital by Tampa ambulance.

11:01 a.m. — Cardiopulmonary resuscitation already was being performed on an unresponsive 77-year-old woman in the 400 block of N. Olive St., Peabody, before Peabody and Marion ambulances, the county ambulance director, and Peabody firefighters were called. The patient’s husband initially wanted her taken to a hospital by private vehicle, but Marion ambulance ended up taking her to Newton Medical Center.

1:06 p.m. — A St. Francis patient was transferred to HCH by Hillsboro ambulance.

3:53 p.m. — A fire beneath the porch of a house in the 200 block of N. Vine St. in Peabody was extinguished by Peabody firefighters before firefighters from Florence and Burns, who also were called, could arrive. Peabody ambulance also was called.


9:15 a.m. — A fire in a brome field at 150th and Falcon Rds. was extinguished within 15 minutes by Goessel firefighters.

10:48 a.m. — A woman with a nosebleed in the 200 block of E. 5th St. in Florence was taken to St. Luke by Marion ambulance. Florence ambulance also answered the call.

1:57 p.m. — A 62-year-old woman with dizziness and shortness of breath was taken by Hillsboro ambulance to Wesley from an apartment in the 200 block of S. Ash St. in Hillsboro. Marion ambulance also was called but was quickly told it was not needed.

2:47 p.m. — A 64-year-old man with a high fever, rapid pulse, and low blood pressure was transferred to HCH from Peabody Health and Rehab. Peabody firefighters helped lift.

4:36 p.m. — A St. Luke patient was transferred to Newton Med by Marion ambulance.

8:07 p.m. — A 72-year-old woman having trouble breathing was taken from the 600 block of W. Division St., Peabody, to Newton Med by Peabody ambulance.


12:14 p.m. — A 93-year-old Salem Home resident with abnormal breathing told nurses he was “going to heaven” before he was transferred to HCH by Hillsboro ambulance.

1:49 p.m. — A 92-year-old woman who fell at a Salem Homes apartment declined to be taken to a hospital by Hillsboro ambulance.

2:11 p.m. — The 93-year-old Salem Home patient involved in an earlier call was transferred by Hillsboro ambulance from HCH to Kansas Heart Hospital, Wichita.

3:11 p.m. — A 72-year-old man with respiratory difficulty was taken by Tampa ambulance from a residence on Vista Rd. south of Lost Springs to Salina Regional Hospital. First responders from Lincolnville assisted.

Marion ambulance also was summoned, but it had to turn back five miles from the residence to handle another call.

Tampa ambulance originally headed to Herington with the patient but was diverted by Herington Hospital to Salina Regional.

3:19 p.m. — A motorist who drove into a utility pole at Dollar General in Hillsboro was taken to HCH by Marion ambulance. First responders from Hillsboro assisted, and Hillsboro firefighters responded to check downed power lines.

With Hillsboro ambulance still en route to Wichita, Peabody ambulance initially was assigned to the call. However, only one Peabody EMT was on duty, so Marion ambulance was diverted. When informed that Peabody ambulance could not handle the call, emergency medical personnel initially thought of calling Florence ambulance, but learned that it, too, was without sufficient EMTs on duty.

As a result, Marion County was without any available ambulances until shortly after 4 p.m., when Marion ambulance completed its call in Hillsboro. Hillsboro ambulance returned from Wichita at 4:15 p.m. Tampa ambulance didn’t get back from Salina until 6:30 p.m.

11:30 p.m. — At the request of a deputy who had been investigating a traffic accident involving a deer, a patient with unspecified symptoms was taken from 100 block of W. 7th St. in Florence to St. Luke by Marion ambulance. A first responder from Florence assisted with the call.


5:12 a.m. — A 44-year-old woman was transferred from HCH to Wesley Woodlawn by Hillsboro ambulance.

2:38 p.m. — A 50-year-old man who fell out of a wheelchair at Homestead Affordable Housing, Marion, was helped by Marion ambulance attendants. He declined to be taken to a hospital.

11:18 p.m. — A 55-year-old woman who was having trouble breathing was taken by Marion ambulance to St. Luke from the 200 block of E. 7th St. in Florence. Florence ambulance also responded to the call. Peabody ambulance briefly was dispatched as well because a second attendant for Peabody ambulance was not immediately available.

Last modified June 17, 2020