Chief: EMS workers didn’t do anything wrong in ambulance theft case

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Two EMS workers left an ambulance unlocked and running before it was stolen but the medics didn’t do anything wrong, the Anderson fire chief said Thursday.

Police said 27-year-old Joseph Sandlin stole an ambulance last Friday and then crashed into five cars before wrecking into a tree.

Chief Phil Rogers said it’s standard operating procedure to leave the ambulance open and on. That saves time when patients need to get to the hospital in a hurry.

The theft was a costly one, though. Damage to the ambulance alone is estimated at more than $150,000.

2 comments

  • Edward Einloth

    As a former EMT i agree !! How could you explain to somebody who is having a heart attact that the ambulance will not start up cause you left the emergency lights on and it ran down the battery !!

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