EMTs fight in ambulance; stroke patient jumps out

ambulance The city of Washington, D.C., needs to be on guard when they call 911. Rose Preston was suffering from all the symptoms of a stroke when she called 911 and learned as the Public Enemy song from the 90s says, “911 is a joke.” Apparently the EMTs who were transporting her were not having the best of days. While Preston was in the stretcher in the back, the two paramedics started to argue.

According to Preston, “They’re constantly bickering back and forth with one another to the point that I felt so uncomfortable. I didn’t feel safe being transported by the vehicle.”  The argument got so heated that Preston got out of the ambulance and caught the train to the hospital.

This is the second embarrassing incident for D.C. Emergency services. Earlier this year, a man died outside of a fire department station when a fireman on duty refused to render aid unless 911 was called first. Fortunately for Preston, she was not suffering from a stroke, but a condition called Bell’s palsy.  Preston went on to call the whole incident, “a total lack of professionalism in every way you can even imagine that may have really complicated my condition.”

Mo Barnes
Mo Barnes

Maurice "Mo" Barnes is a graduate of Morehouse College and Political Scientist based in Atlanta. Mo is also a Blues musician. He has been writing for Rolling Out since 2014. Whether it means walking through a bloody police shooting to help a family find justice or showing the multifaceted talent of the Black Diaspora I write the news.



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