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Bill for Late Ambulance (Video) $780 Due Even Though Man Died While Waiting

By Staff
Feb 11, 2013

A man has received a bill from an ambulance that arrived too late to administer aid to his dying father.

Son given bill for late ambulance - even though his dad died waiting.

A Washington D.C. man told a local television station that he was outraged after he received a $780.85 bill for an ambulance he called for his dad, who died waiting for the emergency vehicle to arrive.

"I feel angry. Upset," Durand Ford, Jr. told a local NBC affiliate. "I'm disturbed that we even received this bill."

According to the NY Daily News, Ford and his family called 911 at 1:25 a.m. on New Year's Day after his 71-year-old father, Duran Ford, Sr., complained of shortness of breath.

He was having a heart attack - however, the ambulance was delayed for about 40 minutes.

News4 reports that the ambulance finally came - but the man died while waiting.

"At about 1:47 a.m. D.C. Fire asked Prince George's County Fire for assistance in responding to Ford's family's call. About a minute later, an ambulance was dispatched from Oxon Hill -- seven miles away from Ford's Southeast D.C. home. The ambulance arrived in ten minutes."

Ford's home is only a mile and a half from the nearest D.C. firehouse.

"We're still grieving about the situation," Ford, Jr. said. "[We're] very angry about what happened and the service we did not receive from the district."

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