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Macedon ambulance services may combine

Macedon, N.Y. -- A change in ambulance service could be coming in the village of Macedon.

The move comes, in part, after a call for help was delayed because Macedon village ambulance was lacking a crew.

For years the village and town ambulance services have had strict boundaries.

Earlier this month the Macedon Town Ambulance got a certificate from the state allowing them to include the village in their primary territory.

But changes didn't happen in time Jan Worden, who had to drive her husband to an ambulance that she says couldn't pick him up in the village.

Almost two weeks ago Worden was closing up her salon on Main Street in Macedon when her husband came in not feeling well.

"We figured out it was something a little more when his blood pressure dropped to 40/20," said Worden. Her daughter called 911 for help. The Macedon Village Ambulance, which was recently made 100-precent volunteer, was dispatched.

As the clock ticked by Worden's daughter, who is an EMT for the Macedon Town Ambulance, called the town for help.

The town's ambulance came, but Worden said they couldn't load her husband because they were in the village.

"Sitting right in front of it, it was the town ambulance and we could not use it," said Worden.

Worden drove her husband .7 miles to a local car dealership's parking lot just over the town line so he could get into the ambulance.

He was taken to Rochester General Hospital where doctors gave him minutes to live.
"When that doctor said this man has 15minutes before he dies I just couldn't believe it," said Worden.

After surgery, two stints and a 100-percent blockage cleared, her husband is on the mend.

Worden, who says she normally doesn't get involved in politics, went to the village board to make sure nothing like this happened again.

"I said I think you should take the politics out of this ambulance deal and worry about the health of the people before anything else," said Worden.

Wednesday night the Macedon village board passed a resolution to allow 911 calls to go to the village and town ambulance simultaneously, making it so either could respond to an emergency in the village.

"When you have a patient and you need to take care of them you shouldn't be afraid to stop and take care of a patient," said Dave Kelly, Deputy Mayor of the village of Macedon.

Peter Harkness EMT Director for Macedon Town Ambulance said this will change their response time to calls in the village.

"We'll arrive on scene with them [village ambulance] or ahead of them and we can offer our services until they get their or they crew share with us," explained Harkness.

The town of Macedon also has to vote on the resolution before the service can be changed.

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