EMS Death Brings to Light Emergency Vehicle Safety
CHARLOTTE - Medic supervisor John Crunk and his staff are working with heavy hearts. Crunk says, "You see an ambulance on its side, and you know someone has been killed in the line of duty, its not a good feeling."
After Crunk heard about the EMS worker who died in Monroe, he couldn't help but think, that could have been him. Crunk says, "When we're on our way to a call, or when we're on the scene of a call, we see people not paying attention, we see people not getting out of the way."
Crunk says he sees it everyday. Crunk says, "They're so busy paying attention to what's going on in the outside, with their phones, reading the newspaper and driving, so involved, they don't see what's behind them."
North Carolina's move over law requires drivers to pull over to the side of the road and let an emergency vehicle pass. This is not the first time a paramedic has been hurt in the line of duty in our area. Nine years ago, a tractor trailer wreck on I-77 pinned Tim Hayes to the guardrail, severing both of his legs. Crunk says the best way to protect those trying to save lives, is to pay attention. Crunk says, "If a rescue vehicle approaches you from the rear, if you can safely get over, than stop and let them go."