D.C. Fire Reviewing Bills After Man Died Waiting for Ambulance

Wednesday, Feb 13, 2013  |  Updated 10:23 PM EDT
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Son Billed After Father Dies Waiting for Ambulance

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Son Billed After Father Dies Waiting for Ambulance

News4's Shomari Stone speaks exclusively with Durand Ford Jr., who was slapped with a bill for hundreds of dollars after his father died waiting for an ambulance last month
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D.C. Fire and EMS is taking action after billing the family of a man who died while waiting 30 minutes for an ambulance New Year’s Day.

Durand Ford Jr. said he and his family called 911 in the early hours of Jan. 1 because his father, 71-year-old Durand Ford Sr., had trouble breathing.

According to records, the 911 call was made at 1:25 a.m. A D.C. fire truck arrived only nine minutes later, but an ambulance was unavailable. According to Prince George’s County Fire & EMS records, D.C. Fire did not call Prince George’s County for assistance until 1:47 a.m. One minute later, the county dispatched an ambulance from Oxon Hill to go to Ford’s home in southeast Washington.

The ambulance from Prince George’s arrived at 1:58 a.m., but by then, Ford Sr. had died.

His son told News4 he was disturbed when he received a bill for almost $800.

D.C. Fire and EMS is suspending all outgoing bills until they are reviewed.

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