CLEVELAND - The Fox 8 I-Team is investigating why a Cleveland ambulance never showed after a man had a seizure and his sister called 911. Multiple sources in the Cleveland safety forces say the city frequently has a shortage of ambulances.
The latest case happened Tuesday night near East 142nd and Kinsman. Reggie Stewart blacked out from a seizure. Cleveland firefighters were first responders. They helped revive the man, and they started to check him out.
Stewart’s sister, Sabrina Sears, says firefighters kept calling for an ambulance and they stayed at the scene. But Sears said the firefighters were told no ambulances were available. After about 40 minutes, Sears says, she took her brother from the scene herself.
The I-Team has shown other incidents in the past with no Cleveland ambulances available as calls have come in to 911.
Sources say it happens often, sometimes daily.
The city has said before it has a plan to keep 18 ambulances on the streets and that plan includes handling the most serious calls first.
City Hall says it’s looking into this latest case while pointing out it was not life-threatening. However, the people involved in this case expect better.
Sabrina Sears said, “I expect an ambulance. We needed the ambulance. We called, and they didn’t show.”