A bill for a late ambulance was sent out in and it has shocked the recipient. An ambulance arrived too late to save a man on New Year's Day according to a report on Monday (Feb. 11). Assuming that would be the end of it from a medical standpoint would have been incorrect in this situation, because the District of Columbia Fire and Emergency Medical Service Department reportedly sent out a bill to the son.
Durand Ford Jr. has now been charged $780 for the ambulance, even though they had to wait more than 30 minutes for it to arrive in the early hours of Jan. 1. Addressing the fact that he had received the bill, Ford Jr. stated, "And I'm disturbed that we even received this bill. ... My sister and I are still grieving about the situation. [We’re] very angry about what happened and the service we did not receive from the district."
A previous report on this incident reported that more than 50 district firefighters called in sick on New Year's Day, leading to a spokesperson from the department issuing a statement about it not being a "coordinated sick-out that night." A council member who represents Ford's district has stepped up, though, pledging that she will "help the family to resolve the matter." It is not clear exactly how Yvette Alexander plans on doing that other than to be verbally supportive.
Getting a bill for a late ambulance definitely seems tragic from the point of view of Durant Ford Jr., but maybe the city will have a response to this story now that it has blown up.
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