Officials investigate ambulance absence that kept injured cop waiting

Officials are continuing to investigate whether some fire department rescue services were inappropriately out of service at a time when a police officer was seriously injured in a hit-and-run crash


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WASHINGTON — District of Columbia officials are continuing to investigate whether some fire department rescue services were inappropriately out of service at a time when a police officer was seriously injured in a hit-and-run crash, Deputy Mayor Paul Quander said Friday.

An ambulance from neighboring Prince George's County had to be called to assist the injured officer Tuesday night because no D.C. fire department ambulance was immediately available to respond. The fire and emergency medical services department ordinarily has 39 transport units, but when the call for service came in, 10 were out of service.

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