Burned Woman Declines Hospital Visit After Helicopter Arrives

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The District 4 Rural Fire Department was called to a grass fire at 15000 Old 88 Road in northern Crawford County, firefighters say.

Air Evac was called for a victim with smoke inhalation and burns, according to officials.

The helicopter arrived at approximately 4:45 p.m., and they discovered the woman was not hurt as badly as they originally thought.

She then declined to go to the hospital, according to Fire Chief Andy Jones with the District 4 Rural Fire Department.

10 comments

  • john

    Yes she didn’t want to pay the $25,000 for the ride as it would have been deemed medically necessary by insurance.

  • Larry Hooper

    Looks like the fire chief jumped the gun. Should have gotten a medical opinion before wasting the county’s tax dollars on someone who didn’t want or need a life flight. Thanks on behalf of Crawford county tax payers. We know this wasn’t a “free” flight. Someone will have to pay this valuable team.

  • Larry Hooper

    Looks like the fire chief jumped the gun. Should have gotten a medical opinion before wasting the county’s tax dollars on someone who didn’t want or need a life flight. Thanks on behalf of Crawford county tax payers.

  • taxpayer

    What is the protocol for requesting air evac? Maybe the lady had a membership with air evac! What if the lady really needed air evac and the fire chief delayed that call? There is a lot of critics but not many that wants to volunteer their time to help. I very seriously doubt that the taxpayers had to pay for this flight without patient transport. Do you know for sure the fire chief made this call or was it the ems service that made this request for the helicopter? Get the facts before stating critical comments. Air evac I’m sure would rather be expedited enroute to the scene prematurely and abort the call instead of being delayed and put the patient at further risk of life safety issues. Think about it folks, somebody had to make that decision. For the length of time of arrival for ems to reach that rural area for a decision for a requested helicopter could be detrimental to the probability of life or death.

  • Roy

    This article is useless and irrelevant. Anyone can call out Life Flight and sometimes when they hear a call where they think they might be needed, they head that direction just in case.

  • Larry Hooper

    The point is the enormous expense. I’m sure they want reimbursement. Ask the ambulance service there thoughts on unqualified fire chief calling for a service that was not necessary. In sure they were not thrilled. This is a great service to rural areas when used and called on appropriately. The news is the waste of tax dollars when Crawford county is asking for more taxes again with threats of another millage if they can gets people to vote in one. These services are not free!!

  • Sarah 1

    To people who have large medical debt, ambulances having transported them to hospital, on occasion scream, DON’T CALL AN AMBULANCE because they know how much it costs.

    I used to think ambulance service was free but I now know it isn’t. To be free, you have to be within a city limits exact boundaries. No exception.
    Correct me if I am wrong?

    If a patient is in a car accident and no options are available, they wake up having their lives saved but with an massive ambulance fee they are required to pay.

    Therefore with a helicopter, I can’t imagine the cost? If anyone knows, please give the facts? Thank you.

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