It took the ambulance 26 minutes to arrive at the scene where Andrew Barth was shot in the chest after a traffic incident.
Barth and a companion were accosted by individuals in a dark minivan and, during the the encounter, he was shot. The shooter was described as black. Barth was white.
The media typically reports black-on-white attacks as 'fights,' deferring the blame away from the attackers.
From our source we read:
Police say Barth and another person in his pick-up truck got into a fight with two people in a dark-colored mini-van. One of those suspects shot Barth in the chest. He was pronounced dead at the hospital nearly an hour after being shot.Continue reading ►
"This could have cost him his life. Nobody is ever going to know if they could've saved my son or not, because there's no answer when he's 26 minutes lying at a scene,” said Andrew’s father, Tim Barth.
"We were doing everything possible, our men and women are trained professionals and we do not like to have any bad outcomes like this especially,” said Chief Derek Bergsten with the Rockford Fire Department.
The Rockford Fire Department is doing a review as to why the OSF ambulance never arrived. That review should be complete next week.
In a statement from OSF, it says their average ambulance response time is 8 minutes, but times can vary depending on different factors. They say in this case, Rockford fire called them off because they had a unit closer. Police are still searching for the suspects in Barth’s murder.
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