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Man billed after dad dies waiting for ambulance

Published On: Feb 12 2013 10:24:37 AM CST
Updated On: Feb 12 2013 11:46:17 AM CST
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A Washington, D.C., man is outraged after being billed for an ambulance that arrived too late to save his father's life.

"I feel angry. Upset," Durand Ford, Jr. told TV station WRC after receiving the $781 bill. "I'm disturbed that we even received this bill."

Ford called 911 in the early hours of New Year's Day because his 71-year-old father was having trouble breathing.

Records show the call was made at 1:25 a.m. A fire truck arrived just nine minutes later, but a D.C.-area ambulance was unavailable, according to Fox News.

A neighboring county wasn't called for assistance until 1:47 a.m., records show.

That ambulance arrived at 1:58 a.m., but by then it was too late. Ford's father, Durand Ford, Sr., had died.

Authorities declined to comment, but D.C. Councilwoman Yvette Alexander told WRC she's working with the family in hopes of getting the bill resolved.

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