Emergency medical services in Cleveland are under fire for refusing to pick up a patient who was shot 16 times simply because he was less than a mile outside of the city.
Ronald Newberry, 22, was pulling out of his driveway in the city of Cleveland when he was shot 16 times. Afraid for his life, he fled. As he continued driving, he ended up less than a mile down the road in the suburb of Euclid.
After police officers found Newberry in his car, they quickly administered CPR and called Euclid Emergency Medical Services to send an ambulance. But due to a fire that had taken place on the other side of town, Euclid’s EMS ambulances were unable to come to Newberry’s rescue. Officers then called the Cleveland EMS, which never sent Newberry any help because he was located outside the city limits.
In dire need of medical help, Newberry was then placed in the back of a police cruiser and driven to the nearest hospital.
Thankfully, the man survived. He was treated and released from the hospital a week later. But if it hadn’t been for the officers’ help, things may have ended tragically.
Because of Cleveland EMS’ unwillingness to help a city resident, officials have now opened an investigation into the matter.
In footage taken from a police camera, one officer was heard confirming that EMS won’t show up if the emergency call isn’t coming from inside Cleveland.
“Our EMS won’t come,” he said. “They won’t come because it’s in your city. Even though it’s our victim, they won’t come.”
Newberry then pleads with the officers, begging them to drive him instead.
"Please take me to the hospital," he is heard saying. "Please, I'm getting light-headed. I can't breathe."
That's when officers put him in the back of the cruiser.
While the victim in this incident was able to get treatment for his wounds despite the emergency service’s refusal to serve the city’s own resident, it’s clear that there should be a protocol in place that would require EMS to send out an ambulance if the neighboring city’s emergency personnel aren’t available. After all, this man could have died because EMS refused service.