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August 15, 2013
82-year-old man waits 37 minutes for ambulance after heart attack
BOWIE, Md. — By the time 82-year-old Vail Clemence of Bowie, Md., got home from his Senior softball league game on July 17, he knew he was having a heart attack. His wife Barbara called 911.
The call was dispatched to the Belair Bowie station a mile away. But they waited and waited and the ambulance never came. "It was terrible," says Barbara Clemence. "We didn't know why they weren't here. We kept expecting them every minute."
An ambulance finally arrived 37 minutes after Barbara Clemence called. They rushed her husband of 63 years to the Anne Arundel Medical Center. Doctors wasted no time trying to save his life.