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Tuesday, July 16, 2013

FDNY Ambulance takes 30 minutes after intern collapses at Quinn event

NEW YORK  - It took an ambulance approximately 30 minutes to arrive at a news conference held by City Council Speaker Christine Quinn after an intern collapsed.

Yvette Dorothy, 17, lost consciousness during the outdoor event Tuesday afternoon on Manhattan Avenue in Brooklyn where the temperature
was in the 90s.

Quinn was addressing the media about the controversial Upper East Side garbage transfer station when the woman passed out. Quinn was there to call on opponents of the station to drop their lawsuit against construction of the site.

Quinn and others called 911 and then tried to help Dorothy. Quinn then called NYPD Commissioner Ray Kelly requesting an ambulance.

Quinn wants to know why it took so long for an ambulance to arrive. She called the delay inexcusable and says she plans to get to the bottom of it.

Dorothy was taken to Woodhull Hospital in stable condition.

Recent delays in emergency response times have lead to an investigation by officials of the city's 911 system.

A four-year-old girl was struck and killed by a teenager fleeing police on June 4 in Manhattan.

Fire Commissioner Sal Cassano said shortly after the crash that there had been a delay, but he believed it was human error.

Emergency dispatch and other union officials say it was a system problem, coming on the heels of several other glitches that lasted up to an hour at a time.

It's not clear if the delay would have saved the girl's life.

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