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Bad: Paramedic stabbed, killed by suicidal man

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    Pennsylvania Paramedic Attacked by Patient Dies - JEMS Connect - EMS Emergency Medical Services
    Pennsylvania Paramedic Attacked by Patient Dies
    Posted by JEMS Web Chief on March 7, 2010 at 10:28pm in EMS : In the Line of Duty & Memorials
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    Updated 3/7 @ 11:30p ET -- A Bensalem, Pennsylvania Paramedic has died after being attacked by a reportedly suicidal male, according to WPVI news.

    At about 7 p.m. Sunday evening, EMS and police units were dispatched to a male with a a reported mental illness (initially reported by WPVI as a possible suicidal subject), and at some point during interaction with the victim the paramedic was attacked. The medic, not yet identified, was pronounced dead at an area hospital.

    The Trentonian reported late Sunday that the medic was stabbed.

    PhillyFireNews.com is reporting that the medic is from Bensalem Emergency Medical Services in Bucks County. The incident happened in the 2600 block of Kiansas Street. The medic reportedly has been with the organization since 1998.

    PFN's News Editor Steve Skipton reports that the Public Safety Director is requesting the victim's name not be released at this time, and JEMS is following that request. The 37-year-old medic is married with two daughters.

    "Sometimes you just don't know what is going to happen," Skipton told users of the site's forum Sunday night. "I teach new EMT's and preach scene safety on every response well this brings that point home that no calls are 'routine'. Be safe"

    The suspect is in custody and being evaluated further.

    JEMS.com will have further details on this story as new information becomes available.
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    Sad story...this paramedic probably did not have much of a chance against a dirtbag up so close with a knife.
    I wonder why they didn't let the police cuff and search this unstable threat prior to any assistance from the EMT?
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    This story has gone through several stages.

    No weapon found.

    Medic tripped and hit head.

    Medic had heart attack and fell.

    That's it so far.
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    Over the years there have been many times that I have been called to scenes with little or wrong call information. We also didn’t get PD support on many calls that we should have. I am sure that almost all EMS providers out there have experienced the same thing. It really is amazing that this doesn’t happen more often.
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    True, Being called into a scene that is "safe" is a reletive term. More than once, I've been cleared into a scene and you could still hear shooting going on. Personnally I've been shot once and stabbed once. Have the scares to prove it. Both times, I wasn't even responding to a violent incident, things just spun out of control. It a dangerous occupation. I worked all over the country and have had at least 6 fellow paramedic's (that I personally knew) killed in the line of duty.
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