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Ambulance gets 'booted' while paramedics tend to emergency

Date: 2012-12-03
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Via Katie Moore / Eyewitness News, WWLTV

Some EMS workers thought they’d seen it all, but they never expected to have a boot put on a working ambulance with the lights on while they were inside a business tending to an emergency call.

About 4 p.m. Friday, Nov 30, New Orleans paramedics rushed inside the Quicky's convenience store in Mid-City for a man complaining of chest pains.  When they loaded him inside the ambulance and prepared to transport him to the hospital, they discovered their vehicle had been booted by a store employee for parking improperly.

"Apparently, the New Orleans store takes its parking lot rules seriously. Very seriously," noted WWLTV in their news report of the incident.

Reportedly, one of the store employees took the boot off, but as a result the tire was left flat. The paramedics had to call in another ambulance to transport the patient to the Emeregncy Room.

 A spokesman for New Orleans EMS told WWLTV that the agency has never had an incident like this before.  "As long as we have our lights on, we park where it is safe to park,” he added.

Read the full story and a video report at wwltv.com

Note the follow-up story: Man who booted ambulance issued citation, fired

- People, Places & Things/9-1-1magazine.com (via WWLTV, 11/30/12)

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