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


6:21 a.m. — A 94-year-old man with abdominal pain was taken by Marion ambulance to St. Luke Hospital from the 400 block of S. Freeborn St. in Marion.

9:29 a.m. — A medical alert activated in the 200 block of N. Buller St. in Goessel was found by a Goessel first responder to have been a false alarm. A call for Hillsboro ambulance was canceled.

9:31 a.m. — A 94-year-old woman not feeling well in the 700 block of Lawrence Ave. in Durham was taken by Tampa ambulance to Hillsboro Community Hospital.

2:41 p.m. — A 39-year-old woman who lost consciousness in a yard in the 100 block of N. Freeborn St. in Marion was taken to St. Luke by Marion ambulance.

5:50 p.m. — An 81-year-old woman who fell while exiting a shower at a home in the 400 block of S. Cedar St. in Hillsboro was taken to HCH by Hillsboro ambulance.

6:49 p.m. — Dispatchers initially called Hillsboro ambulance to help a man who fell in the 400 block of N. Lincoln St. in Marion. When ambulance attendants questioned the call, it was changed to Marion ambulance. By that time, however, the patient already was headed to St. Luke Hospital by private vehicle. An ambulance supervisor asked dispatchers to tell the vehicle to pull over, but dispatchers had no contact with the vehicle, so the ambulance went directly to St. Luke and was not involved in transporting the patient.

7:33 p.m. — Hillsboro firefighters joined McPherson County firefighters in battling a fire in a tree line on 210th Rd. just east of the Marion-McPherson County line. Lehigh firefighters, who were closer to the fire, volunteered to assist. Firefighters remained on the scene for less than an hour.

9:35 p.m. — Ditch fires along US-56 at Remington Rd. and Limestone Rd. were extinguished in less than 20 minutes by Marion firefighters.


2:52 p.m. — A grass fire briefly grew out of control at 210th and Pawnee Rds. Marion firefighters were called, but most were told to disregard the call before arriving. A few remained to monitor the fire and ensure that it stayed under control.

6:05 p.m. — A fire in trees that began after what had been a controlled burn at 220th and Indigo Rds. grew out control was extinguished by Hillsboro firefighters and Lehigh firefighters, who were summoned to provide help after Hillsboro firefighters arrived. It took more than 2½ hours to put out the fire.

6:34 p.m. — With Hillsboro firefighters occupied, Marion firefighters were called to check reports of smoke near lights in the sanctuary of First Mennonite Church in Hillsboro. Hillsboro’s fire chief broke off from the field fire to respond, as did two other Hillsboro firefighters who had not left for the field fire. After a half-hour search revealed no evidence of fire, Marion firefighters were sent home. Hillsboro firefighters remained and ventilated the sanctuary, spending almost two hours at the church.

6:47 p.m. — Peabody firefighters had difficulty locating a grass fire reported to be on Old Mill Rd. south of 50th Rd. They checked on a controlled burn 1½ miles away in the 600 block of E. 2nd St. and extinguished that fire, returning to quarters an hour after the initial call.

10:22 p.m. — Hillsboro firefighters determined that a carbon monoxide alarm sounding at a residence in the 300 block of N. Ash St. in Hillsboro was a false alarm.

11:28 p.m. — A 2-year-old girl who accidentally ingested medication normally used to treat high blood pressure and attention deficit disorder was transferred from HCH to Newton Medical Center.


12:02 a.m. — Peabody firefighters were called back to what was reported as a rekindling of an earlier fire in 600 block of E. 2nd St. What they found were logs that had been allowed to smolder safely in an already burned area.

12:35 a.m. — With Hillsboro ambulance still handling an earlier call, Marion ambulance was called for a 72-year-old man short of breath, clammy, and with leg pain after passing out at a farmhouse near 180th and Falcon Rds. He declined to be taken to a hospital.

10:16 a.m. — A controlled grass fire that grew out of control at 30th and Pawnee Rds. was brought back under control within 30 minutes with help from Peabody firefighters. Florence firefighters initially were called but were told they were not needed.

10:54 a.m. — A 54-year-old woman with trouble breathing at a residence in the 200 block of W. 6th St. in Florence was taken to St. Luke by Marion ambulance. Florence first responders were paged but did not answer.

2:46 p.m. — A Florence firefighter asked for Florence and Marion fire units to respond to a structure fire at what turned out, after some confusion, to be in the 200 block of 6th St. in Florence. Peabody firefighters and ambulance were added to the page. At the request of Marion’s fire chief, who said the fire appeared to be of suspicious origin, a fire marshal was summoned, and applications for new controlled burns in the county temporarily were denied. Most firefighters remained on the scene for 2½ hours.

4:50 p.m. — Two people were injured, one seriously, in a two-vehicle accident at K-15 and 330th Rd. A woman pinned in one vehicle was freed by Hillsboro rescue squad and taken by Hillsboro ambulance to Ascension Via Christi St. Francis Hospital, Wichita. A teenage boy driving the other vehicle was taken to HCH by Tampa ambulance. Tampa and Hillsboro firefighters also were summoned. A helicopter ambulance was dispatched as well, but that call was canceled. Most firefighters remained on the scene until 6 p.m. Tampa firefighters remained until nearly 7:30 p.m.

6:47 p.m. — A pregnant 18-year-old, feeling faint and looking pale at Butler Community College in the old Hill School building in Marion, was taken to St. Luke by Marion ambulance.

7:47 p.m. — Immediately upon its return from Wichita, Hillsboro ambulance was sent to Oakwood Manor Apartments in Hillsboro where a 55-year-old woman reportedly was complaining of chest pain and difficulty breathing. Marion ambulance also responded, but when Hillsboro ambulance arrived, occupants of the apartment denied calling for an ambulance. Dispatchers still had the caller on the line and could hear only background noise, with no one responding to questions. Both ambulances returned to their quarters.

11:20 p.m. — Marion ambulance responded to a report that a 90-year-old man under a physician’s care had died of natural causes at a residence in the 200 block of S. Roosevelt St. in Marion. Ambulance attendants confirmed the death, and police remained on the scene pending a coroner’s arrival.


1:11 a.m. — A 62-year-old woman, apparently suffering seizures at Peabody Health and Rehab, was taken to Newton Med by Peabody ambulance, which met with Hillsboro ambulance west of Peabody to add a paramedic to the Peabody ambulance crew.

9 a.m. — Ramona firefighters stood by for eight hours during an operation by Union Pacific Railroad on D St. in Ramona.

5:34 p.m. — Goessel firefighters were summoned to help fight a field fire two miles east of Moundridge in McPherson County.


1:02 a.m. — A 61-year-old woman experiencing chest pains at a house in the 100 block of E. 9th St. in Florence was taken to St. Francis by Marion ambulance.

9 a.m. — Ramona firefighters again stood by for Union Pacific, this time for nine hours.

10:08 a.m. — A report of hot ground but no flames at a Cottonwood Point campsite was investigated by Marion firefighters, who also found smoke and applied water to three hot spots that appeared to have been campfires.

2:52 p.m. — Burns firefighters spent nearly four hours helping Towanda firefighters and others battle a large grass fire in Butler County.

2:57 p.m. — Hillsboro firefighters were asked to be sent back to a rekindled field fire at 210th and Indigo Rds. Units remained at the fire for more than 2½ hours.

3:07 p.m. — A 77-year-old man with a high fever at Parkside Homes in Hillsboro was taken to HCH by Hillsboro ambulance.

3:42 p.m. — Units from the Peabody and Goessel fire departments were sent to stand by at Walton’s fire station while Harvey County firefighters dealt with a large brush fires elsewhere. The Marion County units remained in Walton for nearly two hours.

3:44 p.m. — A 56-year-old man experiencing back pain at Westview Manor in Peabody was taken to St. Luke by Peabody ambulance.

4:25 p.m. — Peabody firefighters were asked by Butler County to send units to a grass fire for which Butler County had no units to respond. Peabody declined because it had only one brush truck available and needed to keep it in Peabody in case of local fires. Burns firefighters asked for Florence firefighters to help but received no response. Goessel and Marion firefighters volunteered to go instead. They returned at 6 p.m.

5:09 p.m. — An 80-year-old woman having trouble breathing and exhibiting symptoms of a stroke in the 400 block of N. Lincolnville Ave. in Lincolnville was taken to St. Luke by Marion ambulance. A first responder from Lincolnville provided initial assessment of the patient.

6:04 p.m. — A 77-year-old woman with abnormal breathing after being treated at an emergency room earlier in the day for a urinary tract infection asked to be checked by Peabody ambulance attendants at a residence in the 600 block of N. Chestnut St. in Peabody. She declined to be taken to a hospital.

7:28 p.m. — A Peabody fire truck was sent to Burrton to help Harvey County firefighters battling brush fires. The call was canceled an hour later, just as firefighters were arriving.


3:11 p.m. — Two people were injured in a traffic accident on icy K-15 near 240th Rd. One, with an open ankle fracture, and the other, less seriously injured. Both were taken by Hillsboro ambulance to HCH and then transferred to Marion ambulance, because Hillsboro ambulance had a broken defroster, for transport to Wesley Medical Center, Wichita. Hillsboro firefighters also responded. Goessel firefighters initially were dispatched, but the accident was outside their response area.


12:26 a.m. — A 68-year-old man with abdominal pain at a residence in the 300 block of Grandview St. in Florence declined to be taken to a hospital by Marion ambulance.

9:47 a.m. — A 58-year-old woman experiencing what seemed to be alcohol withdrawal was taken from Oakwood Manor Apartments to HCH by Hillsboro ambulance. Initial dispatches to police and ambulance personnel put the address on S. Ash St. rather than N. Ash St. and advised responders that the person calling would not explain what the problem was.

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