Hennepin Co. medic in critical condition after suffering 'medical emergency'

8:25 AM, Dec 19, 2012   |    comments
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MINNEAPOLIS - A Hennepin County paramedic is in critical condition after suffering a "medical emergency" while responding to a call.

Robert Ball, spokesperson for Hennepin County EMS, said the man was helping a patient in Richfield Monday night at 11:00 when he suffered a medical emergency. His partner then had to attend to him along with the patient until backup arrived.

"It was a pretty routine call, not something you expect to happen," said Ball.

He told KARE 11, his staff is "pretty shook up". Ball will not say what the man suffered from, only that he is in critical condition. He also won't release the man's name, age, or the nature of the call.

Ball called the medic's partner a "picture of professionalism" because he had to watch over both his partner and the patient until he was relieved. 

It took about four minutes before backup arrived. He said it could have been even worse if the two were in a location where help was not close by.

Ball said Richfield Police and Fire were on scene, as well.

Ball did not know the address where the incident happened. A call to Richfield Police was not immediately returned.

Hennepin County is offering counseling to anyone on staff who needs it.

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