Ambulance director suspended following Warren infant death

By Beth A. Birmingham | Dec 12, 2013
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Warren — The town is investigating the Warren Ambulance Service following the death of a 2-month-old Dec. 11.

Polly Wood, director of the Warren Ambulance Service, was placed on administrative leave pending an investigation by Town Manager Elaine Clark.

"This is routine procedure following a serious matter," said Clark about Wood's leave.

Clark said Warren Ambulance received the first tone for response at 2:32 a.m. Dec. 11. At 2:35 a.m. a second tone was sent to Warren from the Knox County Regional Communications Center in Rockland.

Per protocol, after no response was received from Warren, the dispatch center went to a mutual aid call to Lincoln County Dispatch Center, which sent a call to Waldoboro at 2:38 a.m.

By 2:45 a.m., Waldoboro was enroute, and by 2:51 a.m. was on the scene, according to Clark.

"It appears Knox County dispatch followed all the procedures," said Clark of her initial findings. "I am still pulling all the information together."

“We were called to the scene of a 2-month-old child not breathing in Warren at 2:32 a.m. Dec. 11,” according to Knox County Sheriff Donna Dennison.

“The infant was sleeping with his mother when she awoke to find him unresponsive,” said Steve McCausland, Maine Public Safety spokesman of the Maine State Police Department.

It is standard procedure for State Police to investigate the death of a child under the age of three.

An autopsy has been performed and additional tests are being done to determine the cause of death, according to McCausland.

“There is no suspicion of foul play,” said McCausland.

Deputy Jeremy Joslyn and the infant's mother provided CPR until the ambulance arrived, said Dennison.

McCausland said this is the second tragedy the woman has faced this year, as her boyfriend was struck and killed earlier in the year along Route 1 in Warren.

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Comments (2)
Posted by: Francis Xavier Brandon | Dec 13, 2013 21:00

Citizens of the Town of Warren you need to be at the Warren town office at 18:30 (6:30PM) Monday night for a special meeting in regards to saving your ambulance service from being disbanded. It is important to show your support for this group of hard working people who volunteer their own time to protect you. Please show your support for your local ambulance department.

Posted by: Lis Clark | Dec 13, 2013 11:13

This is a sad and terrible situation, and I am so very sorry for the poor young woman who has lost her child. I'm sorry, too, for Polly Wood and the volunteers of the Warren Ambulance Service, extraordinarily dedicated people who deserve so much gratitude from all of us, and who work so hard to be responsive to the needs of our town. I'm sure they are terribly distressed over this, too.

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Beth rejoined Courier Publications' news staff in February 2013. She previously worked at The Courier-Gazette from 1981 to 1990.

Her coverage area includes Warren, Union, Friendship, Waldoboro, Washington, and Thomaston and RSU40.

Beth has a passion for photography, and a degree from the University of Maine at Augusta, in affiliation with the Maine Photographic Workshop in Rockport.

Aside from photography, Beth enjoys running and walks along the waterfront, as well as other outdoor activities. She has a daughter, Claire, who is 13.

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