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Fracas between trooper, EMT still stirs debate

RON JACKSON Modified: June 17, 2009 at 8:28 am •  Published: June 17, 2009

221; Martin was within the law for stopping the Creek Nation ambulance for its failure to yield to his lights and sirens. On the video, White informs Martin there is a patient in the ambulance. Yet Martin insists on talking with the driver, Paul Franks, which appears to enflame White — the EMT in charge.

"The EMT in charge is ultimately responsible for a patient,” said Rogers, adding that his agency can suspend or terminate an EMT’s license if a patient isn’t cared for properly. "I find it really unusual for that trooper not to defer to the ambulance mission — highly unusual.”

Another point of contention has been the fact the ambulance wasn’t operating its lights and sirens, leaving Martin’s defense attorney, Gary James, to question the urgency of the transport.

"You can have a patient being treated emergent and have lights off,” Rogers said. "Happens all the time with heart attacks, when you’re trying not to increase the patient’s anxiety level by running lights and sirens.

"You’re instead trying to keep the patient calm.”

Stella Jordan, the patient, has a history of heart problems and had blacked out after experiencing chest pains, according to White’s attorney, Richard O’Carroll. Jordan was treated and released.

Contributing:

Manny Gamallo, Tulsa World