It was New Year’s Eve. The Washington D.C. fireforce was sick. Really sick. A quarter of them called in sick. I mean, you don’t want firemen on the job on New Year’s Eve if they’re sick.
But the firemen also answer emergency calls. One man called in for an ambulance. His father was short of breath. So, the person on duty called an ambulance company.
Sure enough, the ambulance showed up. It was a little late. It took 40 minutes. But remember, it was New Year’s Eve. There were a lot of sick people all over the nation’s Capitol. It was a pandemic.
The man died. He never made it home.
That did not stop the ambulance company from billing his heirs $780. The ambulance company got him to a hospital. Yes, it was too late. But there was nothing in the contract about almost DOA.
As you might expect, there has been a PR problem. Over 160,000 people have signed an online complaint. But that will blow over.
A deal’s a deal.
The D.C. Fire Department is sick about it. Almost as sick as it was on New Year’s Eve.