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Man Dies Waiting for Ambulance in D.C.

An investigation has been launched into why it took more than 20 minutes for an ambulance to respond to a call about a man in distress, according to a news report.

FOX D.C. ( reports that on December 10, a call came in that a 31-year-old man had collapsed in a field. Engine 23 responded but couldn’t locate the man, according to the report, and moved on.

A D.C. police officer later found the man lying on his back, unresponsive, and called for help. Dispatch reportedly sent two other emergency vehicles, both of which were miles away. The man succumbed to his injuries.

The fire union blames the problem on new wireless technology and its associated tablets.

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In January, a 77-year-old man collapsed outside a D.C. fire station and later died. Firefighters in that instance failed to interven and help the victims.