Macedon Village Board comes up with resolution for ambulance services dispute

Updated: 07/24/2014 6:23 AM
Created: 07/23/2014 11:20 PM WHEC.com
By: Lynette Adams

A dispute between two ambulance services has one woman fired up after she says her husband almost died waiting for medical attention.

The town and village of Macedon each have their own ambulance service, but what happens when the fight over territory puts lives in danger? News10NBC has learned that the village is often short staffed, but they refuse to let the town pick up the slack. Now, the village is facing cut backs after one woman says her husband almost died waiting for medical attention. 

The board came up with a resolution. It says they put the needs of its residents first. Residents say up until now, politics and an ongoing feud over emergency medical services has ruled. One shop owner says it nearly cost her dearly. 

Jan Worden said, “When we get to RGH, they finally said this man will be lucky to be alive in 15 minutes.”

Jan Worden had a lot to say to the Macedon Village Board Wednesday. Two Saturdays ago, the Palmyra resident came close to losing her husband to a heart attack at her salon in Macedon.

Worden said, “We couldn't put him in Macedon Town Ambulance. “

When Worden’s daughter called 911, she was told an ambulance would be there, but the driver was coming from Ontario, which is 11 miles away. Worden’s daughter, also an EMT, called the town ambulance. It pulled up in front of the salon within minutes, but could not put her husband in the rig. Worden says a village ambulance official, who also arrived, told her there is a protocol.

The problem is the village has had a volunteer ambulance corp. for decades. Six years ago, the town established its own emergency medical services. But because of what village residents describe as politics and hard feelings between the two, the town does not answer village calls. What happened to Worden made its way to the village board Wednesday.

Worden told the board this protocol put her husband’s life in danger and needs to be changed. So after much discussion and a lot of emotion, the board voted to send ambulance calls to both the village and the town ambulance corps.

Renee Hermann, town resident, said, “I think it was a great step in right direction and I commend them for doing the right thing.”

Worden said, “I hope that it will. If not, I will show back up because nobody should have to go through this.”

Town taxes include funding for emergency medical services. So village residents are essentially paying twice for the same service. One village trustee suggested dissolving the village emergency medical services, but that resolution wasn't even considered.

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