July 26, 2021

Review Category : PNN Daily News

Friday, July 23, 2021

** Texas EMS crew hijacked at gunpoint

UNITED STATES NEWS

** A Texas ambulance crew from Houston narrowly escaped injury today after a gunman hijacked their ambulance around 3 a.m. That is the word from the News & Observer (Mike Stunson/July 23) which said the suspect first ran the EMS unit off the road, firing at the vehicle. He then made off with the rig with both a patient and attending medic inside. Police eventually detained the ambulance after tracking it via GPS. A spokesman for law enforcement said the man was under the influence of an unknown substance. Charges have not yet been laid. No one was injured in the incident.

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Thursday, July 22, 2021

** Arizona police identify EMT shot at area park Sunday; in very critical condition

UNITED STATES NEWS

** Police in Tucson, Arizona have identified the EMT shot in the head at an area park Sunday. KGUN 9 (Sam Radwany/July 21) said Jacob Didinger, 20, who got his EMT certification in July 2020,  remains in very critical condition. His 21-year-old female partner, meanwhile, who was shot in the chest, is in stable condition. According to the news site, the two providers were fired on by a man who then drove to a house fire a mile away and shot both firefighters and bystanders. A fire captain sustained a wound to his arm, while a civilian suffered a fatal head shot. After fleeing the scene, the man was fired on by a pursuing police officer and critically injured. Suspect Leslie Scarlett, 35, remains in hospital in extremely critical condition (CBS5/July19). There is no word yet on charges or an upcoming court date.

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Wednesday, July 21, 2021

** Job action by Waterloo, Ontario officer workers, EMS could turn nasty

CANADA NEWS

** The job action taken by Ontario paramedics and other workers in Waterloo Region, Ontario could turn nasty, with one union head accusing management of encouraging strike busting. That is the word from CTV News (Jeff PIckel/July 21) which quoted CUPE Local 1883 president Noelle Fletcher, who represents office workers,  as saying the move is disappointing and disrespectful. According to the news site, Region of Waterloo Chief Administrative Officer Bruce Lauckner wrote to staff that the region would not prohibit them from crossing the picket line. Potential strike action by the 900 strong membership could begin as early as Saturday. Meanwhile, the union representing paramedics is also in a legal strike position Saturday, with talks set for Thursday. Should discussions break down, EMS responders must adhere to the essential services agreement.

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