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D.C. Firefighter Ordered Chick-fil-A on an App. He Got an Emergency Call but Stopped ‘a Few Minutes Tops’ to Get It Anyway, Report Shows.

Firefighter Allegedly Got Chick-fil-A After Emergency Came In: Report
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Firefighter accused of stopping at Chick-fil-A for food even after emergency call came in.

Oct. 28 2023, Published 12:02 p.m. ET

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A firefighter in Washington, D.C. stopped with his partner while on duty to pick up some food from Chick-fil-A even after a call came in regarding a woman having chest pains just a mile away away, according to authorities.

Around 4 p.m. on March 24, two firefighter/EMTs decided to stop at a Chick-fil-A in Northeast D.C., rather than immediately responding to a call about a woman suffering chest pains, WRC-TV reported.

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According to a D.C. Fire and EMS special report obtained by the station, the firefighters claimed they received the emergency call after they had already used an app to place their fast-food order.

The firefighters said they decided to stop and pick up their food because it would take “literally a few minutes tops,” according to the report.

In the report, one of the firefighters wrote that “there was no delay in patient care or response.”

Citing sources, WRC-TV reported that the firefighters ambulance was assigned to the emergency call due to it's proximity and could get there before a medic unit.

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One of the firefighter’s cases went before a trial board, which decided to terminate his employment, WRC-TV reported.

In a statement to the station, a spokesperson for D.C. Fire and EMS only confirmed the firefighter/EMT was “no longer with the department.”

Meanwhile, the second firefighter working that day currently is still employed pending the outcome of her own trial board, officials said.


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