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I-88 tragedy could have had a different end

Published: Wednesday, Feb. 12, 2014 1:15 a.m. CDT

I am very saddened by the events of Nov. 12 [death of man alongside Interstate 88]. I am a former EMS volunteer. The 911 response is, in my opinion, unacceptable. You do not leave a scene until the problem is resolved or it is verified that there is no danger.

The State Police could have called for fire departments’ assistance or volunteers to look for this person. Possibly this could have ended differently if they had.

I can think of a call I was on that has similarities. It was a rollover accident where a person was thrown from the vehicle. That person was airlifted from the scene.

There was a car seat in the back of the vehicle. We called for assistance to walk the field that this was in, to search for a possible other (child) victim. No one left that field or quit searching until the airlifted victim regained consciousness and family members verified that there were no other occupants in the vehicle.

The state trooper should have done more. He never should have left that area without verifying that there was no person there. They should have called and called when they found the abandoned car until they verified no one was in need of their help.

With the job of being police officers, firefighters, and medical personnel, comes the duty and trust of those you serve. 

I hope this incident, although disturbing, can serve as a lesson to those professionals  who serve the public that you must strive to do better.

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