Ambulance EXPLODES – Victim Toll Released
(WatchDogReport.org) – First responders face deadly dangers every day that comes with the job description; it’s expected and accepted. However, sometimes totally unexpected things can happen, as they did when the rear compartment of an ambulance in Kailua, Hawaii, erupted in flames, which some are saying seemed to be an explosion. The incident resulted in the death of a 91-year-old patient and left a 36-year-old paramedic in critical condition.
The station says disturbing witness video showed plumes of thick smoke pouring from the ambulance as firefighters responded, frantically working to put out the flames. https://t.co/J1nsLAybYz
— CBS News (@CBSNews) August 25, 2022
The family of Paramedic Jeff Wilkinson released a statement confirming he is currently at the Straub Medical Center Burn Unit. Although there’s been no official announcement as to how badly he was injured, a public statement by his family may give insight into what people who are severely burned face on their road to recovery.
The family said, “Jeff has a long and difficult recovery ahead of him [and that they] look forward to the day he’s able to return home.” The blaze is under investigation, and the exact cause is unknown.
The Hawaii Fire Fighters Association has said they want their members out of Honolulu ambulances until the investigation is complete. Another paramedic with the department set up a GoFundMe page to help pay Wilkinson’s medical bills, and as of Sunday, August 28, they have raised over $130,000.
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