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August 17, 2013

Detroit EMT suffers heart attack after giving CPR to a patient

Detroit Free Press

DETROIT — A Detroit EMS technician performing CPR on a patient en route to a hospital suddenly had a heart attack himself this morning.

Joseph Hardman “had a heart attack on the way to the hospital,” says union rep Joe Barney. “He nearly died, had to go to surgery.”

Barney said only two technicians were with the ambulance when industry standards call for four. Thirty EMS techs have left the department over work conditions and loss of pay, Barney said. The department is down to about 150 from 304 eight years ago.

Full story: Detroit EMS tech performing CPR suffers heart attack, recovering at hospital