Fox 4 News Story / Raytown EMS
A news story on Kansas City Fox 4 News has caused a flurry of activity on the blog portion of the Raytown Report. The story has to do with the alleged treatment of stroke victim in transport to an area hospital.
Since many readers will see the comments we thought it best they also see what the comments were about. The following link will take you to the news story: Raytown EMS News Story
Two of the comments from the News Story from the Fox 4 News site are published here as well.
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Raytownresident at 12:22 AM June 16, 2011
Exactly! Lady would be dead if they were not timely and professional. I know MANY if not all of the crews at EMS and the Fire Dept. I cant think of a soul there that would treat someone the way she claims to have been treated. Woman needs to get a grip. I thank god that I live in the city of Raytown. I know they will get here in any emergency situation asap and I have had to call them several times for things over the years. They do a lot for our community and I know Matt Cushman would never stand for anything but excellent care and consideration for every patient they come across no matter age, race, religion, whatever! Hats off to those people who work long shifts away from their families to save people (and property) like that woman and many times extra shifts to make sure our city is ALWAYS covered!!!
bs2362 at 8:17 PM June 15, 2011
As a former emergency services provider I have to call foul, as there seem to be a few problems with this story. First, the woman claims the paramedics made her walk to the ambulance, then goes on to explain how they lifted her by her torso and carried her to the cot. She complained that they did so roughly. There is no way to pick up and carry a sick person gracefully. Second, she claims the paramedic cursed at her, but goes on to say the paramedic said "s***" when she vomited into her oxygen mask. Given that the imminent risk of aspiration is potentially a life threatening situation, uttering such an expletive, while not real professional, is probably not out of expectations. Lastly she claims they took their time, but then goes on to say the doctors told her the only reason she survived was her quick treatment and arrival at the hospital.
Your news story stated the response time was 3 minutes, which is incredibly good by metro area standards.
It seems to me that the story here is a woman who should be thanking the emergency crews for saving her life rather than finding fault with their actions in a medical emergency.
Ann Harrison Softball Tournament by Angela Cook
The Ann Harrison Tournament is June 17-19. The tournament is for C Level softball teams, ages 10U through High School. There is no gate fee associated with the tournament and ALL proceeds benefit the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children.
Last year, we had one of the best crowds ever! We had a phenominal year of donations. We have donated over $100K over the years to the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children.
Ann was a member of the Raytown Girls Softball league prior to her abduction and murder from her bus stop. Her story remains in the news today. The Missouri Supreme Court ruled against her killers earlier this month. Michael Taylor and Roderick Nunley's 1991 death sentence has been upheld, 20 years later.
The Harrison family spend the entire weekend working this event. This is a great way to raise money for a great charity. Even buying a hot dog, beverage or other snack will support the cause.
Games are played at Little Blue Trace (LBT), the Raytown Girls Softball Complex in Raytown, MO. Located next to the Little Blue River just off westbound Missouri 350 Highway (Blue Parkway) east of Noland Road, LBT features four lighted softball fields. Fields are numbered 1-4, starting with the first field as you enter the complex.
|A child and puppy celebrate at the end of the Sausage Sprint.|
It has been said that with the help of Mother Nature any outdoor event will be a success.
Saturday’s Raytown Raytown Summerfest and BBQ Cookoff was definitely proof of that truism.
A late night thunderstorm brought in a cold front, lower humidity/temperatures and a sky so clear you could see for miles.
As the following pictures show, it was a picture perfect day for a festival and Raytown had one that was a joy to attend.
Sausage Sprint? How about a Terrier Chase!
|Mother and children headed to the merchant's tents..|
The Sausage Sprint is an event in which pairs of Dachshund owners race their dogs from one end of short course to the other end (where the co-owner of the dog waits). Only Dachshunds are allowed to participate, hence the name, “Sausage Sprint”.
Problem is, Dachshunds are not sprinters. They are watchers. Many of the dogs mill around one end of the course until finally, one of them decides to go visit his master at the other end of the course.
Don’t get me wrong. Though it is a slow race, it is definitely one that is fun to watch. Judging by the smiles on the faces of those watching, it’s an event that should continue.
|Dr. Lonnie Feagan takes an order for BBQ in the big tent.|
However, as a Terrier owner I believe that it is time to open the competition to other breeds. Of course you would never race Terriers against Dachsunds, but another category could be added. My dog, Wickett, is a Poodle/Scottish Terrier mix (my wife calls her a Scoodle).
Wickett is 13lbs. of pure energy. I am sure there are others like her. Isn’t it time we opened up the event to some dogs that run with a vengeance?
I don’t know if the Chamber will conduct a race for Terriers.
In case they do, I intend to have Wickett continue her rigorous training program of chasing squirrels and continuing her never ending battle of wits with her mortal enemy, El Gato.
Bring Back the Parade by Greg Walters
Years ago the Raytown Area Chamber of Commerce conducted an annual parade during a fall festival named Raytown Round-Up Days. The highly successful event was held in September of each year. The showcase of the event was an annual parade that featured local high school bands, civic organizations and businesses.
The entire event, especially the parade, spoke a message of Pride in Raytown.
Eventually the Chamber shifted the emphasis of its main annual event to the Raytown BBQ Cookoff. It too has proven to be a success. Though not to the scale of the Round Up Days.
The Round Up Days was a four day event. The shining jewel of the event was the parade. Raytowners would line 63rd Street and Blue Ridge Boulevard six to seven deep. Afterward they would make their way over to the event venues, the carnival, talent show arena and of course, the merchant booths.
The last time Raytown Round Up Days was held there was no parade. The Mayor at the time, Sue Frank, proclaimed that the re-construction of Downtown would be under way and the route would not be available.
Whatever the reason, the parade became a memory.
Bringing back the Annual Parade would be a gradual process. The first couple of years would be small events. But as time goes on it would grow. As it grew, the numbers attending the Summerfest would grow with it.
With proper management, the event could grow to a reflection of Pride in Raytown that our town needs to prosper.
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