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Struck D.C. Motor Cop Waited 20 Minutes for Ambulance

March 25, 2013  | 

Screenshot via WJLA.
Screenshot via WJLA.

A Metropolitan (D.C.) Police motor officer struck by a vehicle was finally picked up by a Prince George's County ambulance 20 minutes after the accident, a delay that has prompted discipline of city personnel.

On March 5, a D.C. motorcycle officer was struck in a hit-and-run near the intersection of 46th and A streets SE. Three D.C. ambulance units within four miles of the crash failed to respond. They had been granted "delay" or out-of-service status.

Seven city firefighters will face "appropriate personnel action," reports WJLA. Several correction measures have been put in place, according to a report on the incident.

Tags: Hit-and-Run, EMTs, Motor Patrol, Trauma Care, Metro (D.C.) PD

Comments (6)

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Jim @ 3/26/2013 3:57 AM

You have to think there was a huge communication gap. I can't imagine EMS personnel blowing off an injured officer like that on purpose. Their discipline will probably stem from not monitoring the radio. i would bet they are required to monitor the radio even though they were in a "delay'" or out-of-service status.

Bob @ VA @ 3/26/2013 5:07 AM

Unfortunately, the officer received the same treatment that is usually reserved for the public in DC. The only reason this made the news was because an officer was involved. Otherwise, nothing to see here, move along.

Duke Holtzman @ 3/26/2013 5:32 AM

In the event EMS is being fired on the officer should wait 20 minutes to respond to help them! After all he could be on break too!!!!

Ima Leprechaun @ 3/27/2013 6:01 AM

Those involved should be fired for malfeasence of duty (misfeasance, malfeasence and non-feasance all apply here which is very rare). Want to bet they also billed is healthcare insurance for the "ride". He could have crawled to an ER in that amount of time. I am thankful the officer did not have immediate life threatening injuries and I hope he recovers very soon. When you are hurt and laying there waiting for that ambulance, minutes seem like hours but this time the officer was intentionally snubbed by EMS personnel. Five minutes is an eternity to wait when you are in pain and the officer had to think he'd been forgotten. I am not entirely sure why a fellow officer did not pick him up in a cruiser and take him to an ER especially after ten minutes.

Ima Leprechaun @ 3/27/2013 6:18 AM

The article is interesting when you read that the three closest EMS units were improperly "out of service" and failed to follow proper radio procedures. The actual time to arrival of an EMS unit was 16 minutes but that is still an eternity of time especially when there were three units within 3 minutes of his location and they ignored their own dispatcher and radio procedure. I suspect this lack of inter-departmental cooperation will work itself out in time by the patrol officers, it always does. The EMS union rep said that Ambulances cannot self dispatch so if an Ambulance is a witness to a crash they cannot respond until they are called by their dispatcher. This is a bad policy by the union.

JJ @ 3/30/2013 7:14 AM

Back in 1989 I was accidentally shot while off duty in a large parking lot (accidental discharge). An on duty officer was flagged down and told of my situation. He called an ambulance but the EMS crew were only told to respond to my location. They did not know that I was lying on the ground bleeding and it took 18 minutes for them to arrive. They were absolutely furious when they learned the true nature of the call. It DID NOT take 18 minutes to get to the hospital I assure you.

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