July 23, 2017

** South African paramedic killed in Sunday afternoon crash

** Missouri medic/firefighter kills himself while on-duty

SOUTH AFRICA NEWS

** A Durban area paramedic is dead after succumbing to injuries sustained during a Sunday afternoon ambulance crash. The Independent Online (Mphathi Nxumalo/September 27) said KwaZulu-Natal practitioner Nkosikhona Brainwell Msomi, 34, died after first surviving a plunge down a 200 m cliff. According to the newspaper, nearby residents came to the EMS crew’s aid. Both men appeared fine until Msomi started coughing up blood while en route to the hospital. His partner, meanwhile, was treated and released. He continues to recover at home. The cause of the crash is not yet known. Health Department spokesman Desmond Motha said the driver of the ambulance somehow lost control of the vehicle while en route to a local clinic. Funeral services for Msomi are pending.

UNITED STATES NEWS

** Missouri police in Ohio are investigating the death of a paramedic/firefighter as a suicide. The St. Louis Post Dispatch (Jesse Bogan/September 27) said West County EMS and Fire Protection District medic Sean McMullin, 46, was found dead at his station Saturday around 1 p.m. Police said McMullin apparently hung himself. He had worked for the department for 14 years at the time of his death. Funeral services have been set for 10 a.m. Thursday at St. Joseph Catholic Church in Cottleville. He leaves a wife and children behind.

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