Four Dead in Tri-State Area After Blizzard Delays EMS Response

Snow-clogged streets delay response time

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    From meteorologist Domenica Davis. (Published Monday, Jan 31, 2011)

    With the unplowed streets in the outer boroughs, concern is rising over health and emergency response times.

    Two New Jersey deaths, a 75 -year - old mother in Queens and a new born baby are among the deaths attributed to severe delays in emergency response time due to piles of snow that have yet to be cleared.

    Police tell the Asbury Park Press that a 55-year-old old man was found unresponsive in his home Monday just after he came in from shoveling his sidewalks and others in his neighborhood. The same day, a 59-year-old man was found dead not long after he went to a shed on his property to get a tractor and plow. Both victims were men in their 50s who had some health issues prior to the blizzard . Both lived in Monmouth County's Howell Township, one of the hardest hit areas. The names of the men have not been released.

    Tragedy struck in New York, also with the death of a newborn baby in Brooklyn. The Daily News report s the infant died after the mother was forced to wait nine hours before help could reach her in Crown Heights. The baby was pronounced dead at 6:34 p.m. Monday, and by the time emergency personnel arrived the baby was unconscious and unresponsive.

    Meanwhile, a New York state senator says snow-clogged streets prevented an ambulance from reaching a Queens woman who was having trouble breathing in time.

    The News, quoting state Sen. Jose Peralta, reports that the woman's daughter, Laura Freeman, and her neighbors called 911 for 20 minutes before getting through on Monday.      

    Peralta told the News that Freeman then waited three hours for EMS workers to arrive at the house in the Corona section. By then, Freeman's 75-year-old mother, Yvonne, had died.

    Peralta says he wants the death investigated. Laura Freeman said EMS workers trudged through the snow to their house. They tried, she said.