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August 22, 2013

Hospital pulls one of two ambulances from city plagued by crime

NBC Philadelphia

CHESTER, Pa. — It’s a city that’s already plagued by violent crime. But now officials fear the problems in Chester will only get worse thanks to a controversial decision from a local hospital.

“The bottom line is we are going to get treated a lot worse,” said Chester Police Commissioner Joe Bail. “I have a problem with that.”

Bail, along with Chester Mayor John Linder say they met with officials from the Crozer-Keystone Health System about two and a half weeks ago. During the meeting, Bail says they were informed that Crozer would pull an ambulance from the city from 9 p.m. to 9 a.m., starting on September 5. Chester currently only has two ambulances and a population of 34,000 people, meaning only one will be available to cover the entire area during that time. 

Full story: Chester to Only Have 1 Ambulance During Critical Time of Night


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