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03-28-2020 | CHARLOTTE,NC— Since COVID-19 (Coronavirus) has spread rapidly into the United States, First Responder personnel have switched to protocols to better assist and protect both frontline first responders and the general public.

Recently in Mecklenburg County, North Carolina EMS responders from Mecklenburg EMS Agency (MEDIC) have switched to COVID-19 specific protocols both in their 911 communications center and in the field.

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) “For any Public Safety Answering Point (PSAP) or Emergency Medical Dispatch (EMD) center (as appropriate) should question callers and determine the possibility that this call concerns a person who may have signs or symptoms and risk factors for COVID-19.” The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) says “The query process should never supersede the provision of pre-arrival instructions to the caller when immediate lifesaving interventions (e.g., CPR or the Heimlich maneuver) are indicated.”

You will see first hand how Mecklenburg County EMS Agency (MEDIC) based in Charlotte, North Carolina have taken the steps outlined by the Centers for Disease Control & Prevention (CDC) and others federal agencies as well as policies specific to MEDIC and placed them in the daily service. These new protocols are being used both in 911 Communication Centers in the Charlotte, North Carolina area and out in the field.

12-28-2019 | 4:05 PM | EAST FARMINGDALE,NY— A pilot escaped serious injury after his Mooney M-20J Fixed Wing Single Engine plane crashed in a wooded area in Farmingdale, New York. On December 28, 2019 at 4:05 p.m., multiple emergency responders including East Farmingdale Fire Company responded to the reported aircraft crash right off the Southern State Parkway.

The plane took off from Francis S. Gabreski Airport in Westhampton Beach and was approaching the runway at Republic Airport in Farmingdale when it lost power. According To Flight Radars the plane was 22 minutes into the flight when it crashed about a mile from the runway at Republic Airport.

Agencies from multiple fire departments across Suffolk & Nassau Counties responded to the crash site. Due to the nature of the crash and proximity to the airport an Aircraft Rescue and Firefighting (ARFF) Crash truck from Republic Airport responded to the scene. Fire officials say the pilot was able to self evacuate the plane after the crash and only suffered minor injuries.

The Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) & National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) will take the lead on the investigation.

12-7-2019 | 9:47 PM | CHARLOTTE,NC— UPDATE: Charlotte-Mekclenburg Police say 23-year old Celeste Leveaux Lytle was driving a 1996 Saturn SL1 when she lost control and ran off the road. The preliminary investigation indicates that the Saturn was traveling west on Wilkinson Boulevard at a high rate of speed. The Saturn was traveling too fast to negotiate a curve in the roadway and the vehicle’s driver’s side tires struck the concrete median. The vehicle then slid out of control and travelled off the right side of the road, striking both a utility pole and a tree. Excessive speed is a contributing factor in this crash and impairment is suspected.

ORIGINAL STORY: At 9:47p.m., on Saturday December 7, 2019 a violent crash claimed the life of a driver in Southwest Charlotte. Charlotte-Mecklenburg Police Department, Charlotte Fire Department, & Mecklenburg EMS Agency (MEDIC) responded to the crash in front of 4150 Wilkinson Boulevard.

Charlotte Firefighters arrived on scene and found a vehicle that had crashed and wrapped around a tree. The driver of the sedan was trapped inside the vehicle following the violent crash. The vehicle crashed in front of the Freedom Division Office of the Charlotte-Mecklenburg Police Department.

Paramedics pronounced the driver who was the sole occupant deceased a short time later at the scene. The accident scene was 3 miles from Charlotte Douglas International Airport. Wilkinson Boulevard was shutdown while CMPD Major Crash Detectives and Crime Scene Technicians investigated.

11-24-2019 | 3:34 PM | CHARLOTTE,NC— Detectives with the Charlotte-Mecklenburg Police Department’s Major Crash Unit are investigating a fatal vehicle crash in the South Division. 

On Sunday, November 24, 2019 at approximately 3:34 p.m., South and Independence Division officers responded to the 5700 block of Providence Road in reference to a single motor-vehicle crash involving a pedestrian. Upon their arrival, officers located a 2008 Nissan Altima that was being driven by Eileen Redmond Miller.  They also located a pedestrian in the roadway unconscious. Rhonda Michelle Cook, 52 had been struck by the Nissan.  

Paramedics arrived and began CPR and other life-saving measures. The victim was transported to Atrium Health’s Carolinas Medical Center where she was later pronounced deceased. Eileen Miller and her passenger did not sustain any injuries in this crash.  The Major Crash Unit responded to conduct the investigation.

The preliminary investigation has revealed that the Rhonda Cook was crossing Providence Road near Old Providence Road when she was struck by the Nissan Altima. The Nissan had been traveling southbound on Providence Road in the left straight lane at the time of the crash. Neither speed or impairment are contributing factors for the Nissan in this crash.  A crosswalk was not being used by Rhonda Cook when she was struck.  No charges have been filed against Eileen Miller at this time.

11-13-2019 | 3:45 PM |FORT MIL,SC South Carolina Highway Patrol is investigating an accident that claimed that life of a teenager Wednesday afternoon. The accident happened around 3:45 p.m., on SC-160 near Bailes Ridge Avenue in Fort Mill, South Carolina.

Construction crews in the area were working on a road widening project near where the fatal accident occured. State Troopers say a 16 year old boy was hit by a white Ford Explorer near the Enclave at Bailes Ridge Apartments.

SC Highway Patrol confirmed a 60 year old Fort Mill man was driving a Ford Explorer when it went off the road striking the teenager. Officials say the 16 Year old was walking on the shoulder of SC-160 when the crash happened.

Due to the victims serious injuries an Atrium Health MedCenterAir helicopter was launched. Firefighters from Pleasant Valley Fire Department & Indian Land Fire Department established a landing zone near Lowes Home Improvement.

Due to the severe nature of the victims injuries, it was decided to transport the victim by ambulance rather then airlift him out. A Lancaster County EMS Ambulance and MedCenterAir Pramedic transported the teen to an area hospital.

Highway Patrol and Lancaster County Sheriff Office closed SC-160 while they investigated the accident. The driver reportedly stayed on scene.

The vicitms name is not being released at this time. The investigation is ongoing.

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