Pittsburgh medic fired after man's snowstorm death

April 2, 2010 2:45:48 PM PDT
A Pittsburgh emergency medical worker has been fired following the death of a man who waited 30 hours for help during a snowstorm despite repeated calls to 911. Mayor Luke Ravenstahl's office says Josie Dimon was fired Thursday. Her dismissal stems from the death of 50-year-old Curtis Mitchell during a February storm that dropped nearly two feet of snow on the city.

Mitchell had a history of pancreatic inflammation. He and his girlfriend called 911 10 times seeking help for his abdominal pain, but medics couldn't reach their home because of the snow. He was asked to walk four blocks to an ambulance but couldn't make it.

Three other medics were suspended. The paramedics union has said they would fight the suspensions.

A phone message left Friday for Dimon hasn't been returned.


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