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January 26, 2020

12/26/2019 10:56:00 AM
Reader has concerns about ambulance changes


We just finished reading the article in the newspaper about the moving of the ambulances, and several questions have come to mind as we were reading.

First, there is a statement. Personally, We don't like the idea of the service moving to the western side of the county. Having said that, here are some questions that should have been asked of the county board, ambulance service owners, and tax payers.

Where are all the residents' voices of all the outlying villages, as this move is certainly detrimental to our health care?

Hutsonville, Flat Rock, Palestine, West York! Where are your voices when this move is trying to take place? Do you care that the ambulances will be further away from your homes? Are you content for them to be placed presently in the east end of Oblong?

We know we were told how the response time will be almost the same as it has been before. (We think not! You cannot drive from the east side of Oblong to Palestine in the same amount of time that you can drive it from Robinson. Give us a break!) You cannot get to Hutsonville from the east end of Oblong in the same amount of time that was previously made from Robinson. Someone stand up and stop this information that is being given to all of us that is not exactly correct. Do you care whether the ambulance can reach your home in 20 minutes, or 30 or 40 minutes? Drive it in your car and check it out.

The money aspect of this is up to the county board members, and we applaud them for having the fortitude to tell the owners that they can do a little more footwork and figuring before selling out the rest of the county.

Robinson, you of all people should be more concerned about what is happening. Now, you will wait 20 or 30 minutes for an ambulance to get to you. Think about it!

Think about an ambulance trying to get through Robinson at 5-6 p.m. when workers are leaving on Illinois Route 33, 1A and Route 1. There are a lot of questions and concerns involved here that are not being discussed, but unless we could rely on helicopters, we, in other parts of the county are not going to have the same service that we had before.

Go to the county board meetings and present your concerns, and or, contact your board members representing your area.

Think it over!

Coanne Love


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