Dad Dies Waiting for Ambulance, Son Gets Billed
Washington, DC, man feels 'angry, upset'
By Neal Colgrass, Newser Staff
Posted Feb 10, 2013 2:40 PM CST
An ambulance on call.   (Shutterstock)

(Newser) – Durand Ford, Jr's father died before an ambulance arrived to take him to the hospital. Then the Ford family received an ambulance bill: $780.85. "I feel angry. Upset," Ford tells NBC Washington. "I'm disturbed that we even received the bill." The Washington, DC, resident says his family called 911 in the early hours of Jan. 1 when his 71-year-old father had trouble breathing. By the time the ambulance showed up 30 minutes later, his father was dead.

Official records agree: Ford called at 1:25am, a fire truck arrived at 1:47am, and the tardy ambulance came at 1:57am. "We’re still grieving about the situation," says Ford. "[We’re] very angry about what happened and the service we did not receive from the district." But DC Councilwoman Yvette Alexander says fire and emergency services don't normally bill under such circumstances: "This seems quite unusual, and I will help the family resolve this matter."

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SuperLemonTony
Feb 12, 2013 11:27 AM CST
Well they did just get a new Union at the ambulance company... The driver might have been at his 5th hearing for drug abuse to save his job by the Union rep.. cut the guy some slack.
schmidtkoff
Feb 11, 2013 4:25 PM CST
send the bill back without opening and write on the envelope "deceased". my neighbor keeps getting her deceased mom's bills and that's what she does.
HANKHILL
Feb 11, 2013 3:43 PM CST
obama sent the bill you HAVE to pay it!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!