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Too Close for Comfort

If you call for an ambulance in Darien, CT, one of your teenager’s friends could be the EMT knocking on your door.  Darien EMS-Post 53 is staffed and run by teens from the town.  When one of them, Emily Close, noticed cars tailgating ambulances in emergency mode to take advantages of the openings in traffic on busy roads like I-95, she decided to do something about it.  She called her local State Rep. Terrie Wood who helped pen a new law that took effect July 1 banning cars from being within a 250 foot radius of a moving ambulance.  Emily’s concern wasn’t just the car’s proximity but also the risk that oxygen tanks on board could create in an actual accident.  Wood calls her work with the area teen, “one of her proudest accomplishments.”


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