Broadcasts about these fire and ambulance calls were monitored this past week by the newspaper:
1:57 p.m. — A man having trouble breathing in the 300 block of N. Lincoln St. in Hillsboro was taken to Hillsboro Community Hospital by Hillsboro ambulance.
7:50 p.m. — Hillsboro firefighters spent 1½ hours at HCH helping personnel with an unspecified medical emergency.
8:07 p.m. — A 72-year-old man having trouble breathing in the 200 block of S. Buller St. in Goessel declined to be taken to a hospital by Hillsboro ambulance. Goessel first responders were paged but did not answer.
10:27 p.m. — A 92-year-old woman who fell at a residence in the 500 block of N. Roosevelt St. in Marion was taken to St. Luke Hospital by Marion ambulance.
3:54 p.m. — Lehigh firefighters were dispatched because of a neighbor’s concern about possible blowing of leaves that were being burned near Vernon and Main Sts. in Lehigh.
6:53 p.m. — A Salem Home patient was transferred to McPherson Center for Health by Hillsboro ambulance. The ambulance was back in Hillsboro at 8:45 p.m.
5:21 a.m. — A 44-year-old woman with chest and stomach pain and breathing difficulties at Oakwood Manor Apartments in Hillsboro was taken to HCH by Hillsboro ambulance. Marion ambulance initially was dispatched as well.
9:51 a.m. — A 10-year-old boy who suffered a seizure at Marion Elementary School was taken to St. Luke by Marion ambulance.
10:56 a.m. — A 65-year-old woman, bleeding and feeling faint after possibly falling outside Cameo Rose Antiques in Peabody, was taken to NMC Health, Newton, by Hillsboro ambulance. No Peabody responders were paged. The ambulance arrived 24 minutes after being called and returned to Hillsboro at 1:03 p.m.
1:49 p.m. — An HCH patient was transferred to NMC by Hillsboro ambulance. The ambulance returned to Hillsboro at 3:24 p.m.
2:50 p.m. — Marion ambulance responded to a vague call dispatchers received asking for an ambulance in the 200 block of W. 5th St. in Florence. A deputy sheriff who arrived before the ambulance indicated that a man, possibly in his 40s, had fallen out of a folding chair onto a tile floor and hurt his shoulder and hand. He was taken to NMC by Marion ambulance. The ambulance returned to Marion at 4:58 p.m.
5:21 p.m. — An 87-year-old female surgical patient was transferred by Marion ambulance from St. Luke to NMC. The ambulance returned to Marion at 7:22 p.m.
6:08 p.m. — An unstable 50-year-old male cardiac patient was transferred by Hillsboro ambulance from HCH to Wesley Medical Center, Wichita. The ambulance returned to Hillsboro at 8:31 p.m. Because Marion and Hillsboro ambulances were out of the county, Tampa ambulance was ordered to stand by at the Hillsboro ambulance station until one of the ambulances returned.
7:24 p.m. — Two minutes after Marion ambulance returned to its station, dispatchers conferred with ambulance attendants about an additional transfer that had been requested. Tampa ambulance, not yet back at its station from standing by in Hillsboro, was diverted to stand by in Pilsen while Marion ambulance could handle the transfer. Before Tampa ambulance arrived, however, it was rerouted to Hillsboro’s airport to meet paramedics from an airplane ambulance that was called to handle the transfer instead. Tampa ambulance arrived at the airport at 7:51, left for HCH at 7:57, left HCH to return to the airport at 8:23, and completed its assignment and headed back to Tampa at 8:47 p.m., arriving at 9:26 p.m.
10:28 p.m. — A 21-year-old male with cardiac problems who had what was described as a panic attack at the Tabor College men’s quad declined to be taken to a hospital by Hillsboro ambulance.
4:20 a.m. — A boat on fire in a driveway in the 600 block of W. Grand Ave. spread to a nearby structure but was brought under control by Hillsboro firefighters in less than an hour. Marion and Durham firefighters and Hillsboro ambulance briefly were dispatched as well.
5:59 a.m. — Lincolnville first responders and firefighters attempted in vain to provide cardiopulmonary resuscitation on an unresponsive elderly man found not breathing and bleeding from the head on a bathroom floor in the 500 block of E. 7th St. in Lincolnville. Marion and Tampa ambulances also were dispatched.
9:17 a.m. — A driver from Manitoba and her dog were killed and four people from Nebraska were injured in a two-vehicle accident on an icy K-15 bridge south of 280th Rd. Hillsboro, Marion, and Tampa ambulances; Durham firefighters and first responders; and Hillsboro rescue squad were dispatched. Patients were taken by Tampa and Hillsboro ambulances to Salina Regional Health Center. Tampa ambulance returned to Marion County at 12:03 p.m. Hillsboro ambulance was back in Hillsboro at 12:21 p.m.
11:30 a.m. — A 54-year-old man who earlier had suffered a seizure was transferred by Marion ambulance from Peabody Health and Rehab to NMC. With Peabody ambulance out of service and Hillsboro and Tampa ambulances out of the county, the ambulance service initially declined to handle the transfer. After a few minutes, however, a backup ambulance, based in Hillsboro, was activated by off-duty personnel to act as the county’s lone ambulance while Marion ambulance handled the transfer.
12:51 p.m. — Thirty minutes after returning from Salina, Hillsboro ambulance began standing by until 3:26 p.m. at Joel Wiens Stadium during a Tabor College football game.
3:28 p.m. — The patient that Marion ambulance had taken to NMC, arriving at 12:56 p.m., was transferred back to Peabody Health and Rehab. Because paramedic staffing was not needed, the call was assigned to Tampa ambulance. It returned to Tampa at 7:16 p.m.
11:22 p.m. — An 82-year-old man who fell and cut his head at Bethesda Home in Goessel was taken to HCH by Hillsboro ambulance. Goessel first responders were paged but did not answer.
2:11 a.m. — The patient transferred to HCH from Bethesda Home was transferred by Hillsboro ambulance to Ascension Via Christi St. Francis Hospital, Wichita. The ambulance returned to Hillsboro at 4:11 a.m.
9:19 a.m. — A fire alarm at 2S Outdoor Power in Hillsboro was checked by Hillsboro firefighters but proved to be a false alarm.
4:37 p.m. — A gas leak in the alley of the 200 block of N. Sycamore St. in Peabody was temporarily plugged by Peabody firefighters, who stayed more than an hour until after an Atmos Energy crew arrived.
7:20 p.m. — An initially unresponsive 87-year-old woman in the 300 block of Eisenhower St. in Hillsboro was taken to NMC by Hillsboro ambulance. While traveling on Indigo Rd. near 160th Rd., the ambulance hit a deer but continued on after notifying dispatchers. A Hillsboro first responder also went to the residence. Marion ambulance briefly was dispatched as well, but the call was canceled before it arrived. Hillsboro ambulance was back in Hillsboro at 9:16 p.m.
7:54 p.m. — On a physician’s orders, an initially unresponsive 88-year-old man was transferred by Marion ambulance from Parkside Homes to HCH. The ambulance did not arrive until 8:10 p.m. A Hillsboro first responder was first on the scene. The ambulance returned to Marion at 9:08 p.m.
1:18 p.m. — A 69-year-old man with gastrointestinal issues was transferred by Marion ambulance from St. Luke to Wesley. The ambulance returned to Marion at 4:02 p.m.
4:08 p.m. — A 61-year-old man with cardiac issues was transferred by the county’s backup ambulance from HCH to Kansas Heart Hospital, Wichita. The ambulance returned to Hillsboro at 6:59 p.m.
4:31 p.m. — A 39-year-old woman fainting and experiencing numbness, possibly from pain medication, was taken to HCH by Marion ambulance from a mobile home in the 300 block of W. 3rd St. in Hillsboro. The ambulance arrived 14 minutes after receiving the call, but a first responder and a police officer from Hillsboro arrived within 6 minutes.
Last modified Nov. 10, 2022