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Broadcasts about these fire and ambulance calls were monitored this past week by the newspaper:

OCT. 18

11:56 p.m. — A Goessel firefighter and a church trustee determined that an attic smoke detector set off a false alarm at Alexanderwohl Mennonite Church.

OCT. 19

12:47 a.m. — A 40-year-old woman feeling dizzy and faint in the 200 block of N. Roosevelt St. in Marion was taken by Marion ambulance to St. Luke Hospital, Marion.

11:39 a.m. — A medical alert from a farmhouse near 110th and Mustang Rds. was determined by Peabody ambulance attendants to be a false alarm. Emergency medical technicians told dispatchers that a resident had been testing a panic button and was angry that an ambulance showed up.

1:52 p.m. — Peabody firefighters were paged four times about a grass fire at the Peabody municipal burn site before one of them responded that no one was in town and that Florence firefighters should be paged instead. Dispatchers did not page them. However, after a Peabody EMT reported that the fire was spreading along railroad tracks, two Peabody firefighters responded.

Ten minutes after the initial call, one of them took a fire vehicle to the burn site and called for the other, who was still almost half an hour away, to join him because several trees were on fire. A third reached the scene 24 minutes after the initial call. They along with city workers continued to fight the fire for two hours.

3:29 p.m. — An 81-year-old woman was transferred by Marion ambulance from St. Luke to Wesley Medical Center, Wichita. The ambulance returned to Marion at 6:20 p.m.

7:59 p.m. — Grass being burned without permission in a yard in the 100 block of S. Washington St. in Burns was extinguished by the property owner before Burns firefighters arrived and wet down the yard to eliminate hot spots. Firefighters asked that the matter be referred to law enforcement.

8:12 p.m. — An uninjured 83-year-old woman needed help getting up after falling at a residence in the 500 block of N. Coble St. Marion ambulance remained at the residence for nearly an hour before announcing that the woman declined to be taken to a hospital.


11:06 a.m. — Peabody firefighters were called back to a rekindled fire at the Peabody municipal burn site.

1:52 p.m. — A 76-year-old woman experiencing chest pains at Homestead Senior Residences, Marion, declined to be taken to a hospital by Marion ambulance.

3:14 p.m. — A 68-year-old man with possible digestive obstruction was transferred by Peabody ambulance from Peabody Health and Rehab to NMC Health, Newton.

9:01 p.m. — A male inmate experiencing chest pains at the county jail was checked by Marion EMTs but not transported to a hospital.

9:56 p.m. — An 80-year-old woman with symptoms similar to those of a stroke was taken by Marion ambulance to St. Luke from a residence near Lakeshore Dr. and Backbay Ct. at Marion County Lake.

10:19 p.m. — Peabody firefighters again were sent to the municipal burn pit, where smoke but no flames were noticed.

11:13 p.m. — An uncommunicative elderly woman, parked in a truck without lights in the middle of the intersection of Popular and 9th Sts. in Peabody, drove off before sheriff’s deputies and Peabody and Hillsboro ambulances arrived to check on her.

11:20 p.m. — While responding to the Peabody call, deputy Joel Womochil, struck a deer with his squad car at 130th and Nighthawk Rds.

11:50 p.m. — A fire alarm that led to evacuation of patients at Westview Manor in Peabody was determined by Peabody firefighters to have been a false alarm.


6:18 a.m. — An elderly man who fell, suffered cuts, and hurt his hip at Bethesda Home in Goessel was taken to NMC by Hillsboro ambulance.

1:21 p.m. — Another fire alarm at Westview Manor was quickly reported by the nursing home’s alarm company to be a false alarm.

2:46 p.m. — An 82-year-old man, advised by his physician to return to a hospital after having had hip surgery earlier in the week, was taken by Hillsboro ambulance to HCH from a farmhouse near 150th and Kanza Rds.

5:49 p.m. — Peabody firefighters again returned to the municipal burn site for a rekindled fire.

6:25 p.m. — Tampa ambulance stood by until 9:26 p.m. during a football game at Centre High School.

6:49 p.m. — Hillsboro ambulance stood by until 9:23 p.m. during a football game at Joel Wiens Stadium. It was briefly replaced by Marion ambulance while answering another call.

8:17 p.m. — A semi-conscious 63-year-old woman with abnormal breathing was taken by Hillsboro ambulance to HCH from the 500 block of S. Ash St. in Hillsboro First responders from Hillsboro and, briefly, Marion ambulance also were dispatched.

10:44 p.m. — A 75-year-old woman with altered consciousness hours after falling at Peabody Health and Rehab was taken to NMC by Hillsboro ambulance, which returned to Hillsboro two hours later. Peabody ambulance also was dispatched.


9:37 a.m. — Firefighters from Marion, Hillsboro, Lincolnville, and Florence spent 2½ hours battling a grass fire that originated in a ditch on US-56 between Timber and Upland Rds. and quickly spread more than a mile north.

11:36 a.m. — A daughter living at Oakwood Manor Apartments was taken to HCH by Hillsboro ambulance after her mother called police to report that the daughter would not come to the door.

11:38 a.m. — Peabody firefighters again returned to the municipal burn site to check smoldering remains of a fire there.

1:02 p.m. — A 48-year-old man not feeling well and, according to his wife, unable to get into a vehicle to travel to a hospital from the 100 block of S. Cedar St. in Hillsboro declined to be taken there by Hillsboro ambulance.

2:15 p.m. — Unauthorized burning that caught a shed on fire south of Dollar General in Peabody was quickly extinguished by firefighters from Peabody, Florence, and Burns, some of whom spent as much as 1½ hours at the location.

Peabody ambulance was paged to stand by but did not answer. Marion ambulance went instead. A sheriff’s deputy informed a person identified as having started the fire that burning was not allowed.

5:41 p.m. — A 48-year-old male cardiac patient was transferred by Marion ambulance from HCH to NMC. The ambulance returned to Marion at 7:55 p.m. The call initially was assigned to Hillsboro ambulance.


11:02 a.m. — Firefighters from a dozen departments and as many as five counties spent 10 hours battling a grass fire that began along K-150 between Clover Rd. and the Chase County line and spread almost 10 miles to the north and east along C Rd. and Diamond Creek.

Marion firefighters initially were called. An immediate second alarm went out for firefighters from Lincolnville and Florence and for Marion ambulance. Minutes later, a third alarm went out for a task force of Durham, Hillsboro, Goessel, Lehigh, Ramona, and Lost Springs firefighters along with subsequent alarms for Chase County and Herington firefighters.

Not all departments were able to respond, so Peabody and Harvey County firefighters were contacted to provide additional equipment and personnel. The state forestry service also made multiple airborne water drops.

Peabody ambulance also was called to stand by and was dispatched to check on a possible patient at 240th and Clover Rds.

A call during the fire about out-of-control burning at Marion’s municipal dump site was handled by Marion and Peabody firefighters.

6:29 p.m. — A request for Marion ambulance to transfer a patient from St. Luke to Wesley was delayed more than an hour because of insufficient staffing. The ambulance left St. Luke at 7:44 p.m. and returned to Marion at 10:32 p.m.

7:26 p.m. — An 80-year-man short of breath at Salem Home in Hillsboro was taken to HCH by Hillsboro ambulance.

10:25 p.m. — Florence firefighters were told to disregard what appeared to be multiple pages mistakenly received by their cell phones.

10:36 p.m. — Less than two hours after leaving the large grass fire that started along K-150, Marion firefighters were sent back to the area to check reports of a flare-up. Marion’s chief drove out to assess the situation and immediately called for a full response from Marion and Lincolnville firefighters, who battled the fire for nearly four additional hours.

11:56 p.m. — A large grass fire at 190th and Diamond Rds. was battled by Hillsboro and Lehigh firefighters for two hours. After establishing a burned area surrounding the fire, they left some burning debris in the middle, where it could not spread, as rain began to fall.


12:34 p.m. — Marion firefighters found no problems after being asked to check possibly smoldering hay near a barn at 190th and Pawnee Rds.

2:37 p.m. — An elderly man who fell in a parking lot at Bomgaar’s in Hillsboro was taken to HCH by Hillsboro ambulance.

5:23 p.m. — An HCH patient with a broken hip was transferred by Hillsboro ambulance to NMC.

5:58 p.m. — A smoke alarm at Tabor College townhouses was determined by Hillsboro firefighters to have been another cooking mishap.

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