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UPDATE: State Investigating Dakota Ambulance Death

A delayed emergency vehicle response time leaves Stephenson County’s Tri-District Fire Board demanding answers.
UPDATE (4/17/14): The Illinois Dept. of Public Health says they're investigating the incident.  Officials say they could have a report in eight weeks.

DAKOTA- It took crews around 20 minutes to respond to a call regarding Joshua Langholf, 24. He was suffering from heart problems, which eventually resulted in his death.

Tri-District Board Members grilled Star Ambulance Owner Tom Kempel about a call his crews responded to on April 6th.

On that call first responders were dispatched to 5386 North Dakota road for a subject passed out in a hay loft and not breathing.

"Both employees working that day confirmed the address with each other. One had gone to the map and quickly attempted to locate the house number, while the other entered the address in his cell phone GPS," stated Kempel.

While on the way to the call first responders ran into Dakota Fire Crews who were also in the wrong location. The board meeting drew a standing room only crowd.

"Why a couple ambulance calls were delayed and to come up with a resolve so these don't get delayed again," said Tri-District Board President Dave Parrish.

Kempel reported his company has hired an investigator to look into the incident. His employees will receive special map training. "Monthly map and directional testing will be done following the scheduled training provided," said Kempel.

Now Dakota, Rock City and Davis are looking into new mapping systems for crews to use.

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