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A Fullerton Fire Captain testified December 3 that paramedics were not told to treat Kelly Thomas when they arrived on scene July 5, 2011.

Capt. Ron Stancyk of the Fullerton Fire Department testified at Orange County Superior Court in Santa Ana that he was called to the scene the evening of July 5, 2011, when the police encounter with Kelly Thomas occurred at the Fullerton Transportation Center. Former Fullerton Police Officers Manuel Ramos and Jay Cicinelli are currently on trial for the events that occurred during the encounter with Thomas, a mentally ill homeless man.

Stancyk, who is a captain with the Fullerton Fire Department, said that he arrived on scene at 9:01 p.m. and asked police what needed to be done. He was told to get antiseptic wipes for the officers who injured themselves during a struggle with Thomas.

Stancyk said he turned to the right after speaking to officers and saw Thomas on the ground, on his side and handcuffed. A large amount of blood was on Thomas' face and the EKG nodes had to be put on his back due to the amount of blood. Stancyk said that Thomas was laying in blood that was all around him and was in respiratory distress. He also said his pulse was at 60, which is considered the low end of the normal range.

Paramedics took Thomas to St. Jude Medical Center, where doctors inserted a breathing tube in him. Once he was deemed stable enough, he was taken to UCI Medical Center, where he subsequently died 5 days later.

Michael Schwartz, Cicinelli's attorney, asked Stancyk during cross examination if the blood loss Thomas experienced was a cause for concern during treatment. Stancyk said no, that he has seen worse during his 24 years as a paramedic.

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