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By DON AINES | November 24, 2005
chambersburg@herald-mail.com CHAMBERSBURG, PA. - Chambersburg Emergency Services Chief John A. Vanlandingham, hired in 2004 to run the borough's fire department and ambulance service, resigned Tuesday citing personal reasons. Assistant Chief William Dubbs will be acting chief until Vandlandingham's replacement is named, said Borough Manager Eric Oyer. Vanlandingham, 35, was hired in February 2004 to replace Dubbs, who asked to step down from the position. "This has been going on for about six months," Vanlandingham said Wednesday of his decision to leave the position.
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by DON AINES | February 15, 2005
chambersburg@herald-mail.com CHAMBERSBURG, Pa. - With its agreement with West Shore Emergency Medical Services due to expire at the end of the year, the Chambersburg Borough Council must decide whether to stay with the advanced life support provider, establish its own service or consider other options. West Shore has provided the advanced life support, or ALS, ambulance service to the borough and surrounding townships since 2003. Monday night a consultant outlined four alternatives for the council to consider.
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by ANDREA ROWLAND | November 21, 2004
andrear@herald-mail.com Jane Plummer's world crumbled when her 32-year-old daughter, Joanna Plummer, was murdered Nov. 24, 2002. A bereavement support group at Rest Haven Cemetery in Hagerstown is helping her put the pieces of her life back together. Jane Plummer, of Hagerstown, said she found solace and support from her family and friends following her daughter's death. She reached out for counseling to help her cope with the ensuing judicial process. But there came a time, about five months after losing Joanna, that Plummer needed the support of other grieving parents.
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November 15, 2004
"To the person who called in and said that Bush got 55 million and Kerry got 52 million and that the most votes wins. If you remember back, Al Gore got more votes than Bush and the courts put Bush in office. So the numbers don't count. So chew on that for a while. " "I think it's interesting how Mail Call continues to print anti-liberal comments from your callers, but you won't print an apology for allowing someone to call in and say that another name for 'liberal' is 'promiscuous.
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by ANDREW SCHOTZ | September 2, 2004
andrews@herald-mail.com SMITHSBURG - A Smithsburg woman's seizure in March was dispatched as a high-priority call, two Washington County emergency services officials said this week, countering an allegation that dispatchers did not convey the situation's severity. Danny Gibson called 911 on March 5 when his pregnant fiancé, Christina Hess, was seizing at their home on Maple Avenue in Smithsburg. Hess, 20, and her unborn son died at Washington County Hospital that day. Last month, through the Maryland Public Information Act, The Herald-Mail obtained a tape and transcript of emergency calls connected to the incident and published stories about what happened.
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by BRIAN SHAPPELL | November 19, 2003
shappell@herald-mail.com After being hospitalized for months due to injuries suffered upon being struck by a van last summer, 5-year-old Shania Shockey returned Tuesday to Washington County and her family. A spokeswoman at the Kennedy Krieger Institute in Baltimore said Shania was released from the facility Tuesday. Shania underwent extensive rehabilitation for severe head injuries she suffered on July 21, the day she was struck by a van behind her home at 50 E. Baltimore St. Bill Heise, Shania's father, said the family will be having a welcome home/birthday party for the girl Sunday.
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by CANDICE BOSELY | June 10, 2003
martinsburg@herald-mail.com MARTINSBURG, W.Va. - If the civil trial of City of Martinsburg vs. Ryneal begins today, Berkeley County Circuit Judge David Sanders ruled Monday that he will do his best to ensure that city residents are not part of the jury. However, both sides of the case said they are working toward an out-of-court settlement, which would negate the need for a trial. Whether a settlement had been reached by Monday night could not be determined. Attorney Michael Lorensen, who is representing the city, met with Martinsburg City Council members behind closed doors for nearly two hours Monday evening, updating them on the case.
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by CANDICE BOSELY | June 10, 2003
martinsburg@herald-mail.com MARTINSBURG, W.Va. - Testimony in the first day of the trial of City of Martinsburg v. Ryneal Fire Co. No. 1 centered on the long-standing relationship between those two agencies and whether a written contract ever cemented the pairing. Michael Scales, attorney for Ryneal, argued that a written agreement was in place and that the city breached it in February when city officials demanded Ryneal hand over all of its money along with the three ambulances and rescue squad truck Ryneal bought for city use. As proof of the written agreement, Scales referred to the minutes from two 1985 Martinsburg City Council meetings.
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by CANDICE BOSELY | February 12, 2003
martinsburg@herald-mail.com Tow trucks idled in front of the Martinsburg Fire Department on Tuesday evening, ready to haul away all of the company's ambulances because of a dispute both sides say centers on how to best serve city residents. In the end, no ambulances were towed. The dispute is between City of Martinsburg officials and Ryneal Fire Co. No. 1, a separate entity that provides ambulances, rescue equipment, cell phones, vehicle maintenance and training to city firefighters and paramedics.
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January 6, 2003
WAYNESBORO, Pa. - A 9-month-old girl who almost drowned Thursday was listed in critical condition Saturday night at Johns Hopkins Children's Center in Baltimore. A hospital official confirmed her identity as Amelia Burke. Hans Bader, chief of the Waynesboro Ambulance Squad, said crews responded to a call from 213 S. Potomac St. around 1 p.m. Thursday. He said the child was not breathing and showed no pulse. A paramedic performed advanced life support on Amelia in the ambulance while it was en route to the hospital.
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