170K sign petition to overturn ambulance bill after man dies waiting
Durand Ford Jr.'s 71-year-old father went into cardiac arrest on New Year's Eve
WASHINGTON — A man whose father died after waiting at least 30 minutes for a D.C. ambulance is pressing the District to address a series of delays in its ambulance service.
Durand Ford Jr.'s 71-year-old father went into cardiac arrest on New Year's Eve, and D.C. did not have any units immediately available to help him. Ford said an ambulance from Prince George's County came 30 to 40 minutes after the family's 911 call.
He has gathered more than 170,000 online signatures asking the D.C. Fire and Emergency Medical Services Department to waive what he called a "very inappropriate" $780 ambulance fee for a service that came too late to save his father. "Things that are legitimate charges should be paid, and things that are illegitimate should not be paid," Ford said Wednesday.