Update: Pennsylvania Township Mourns Fallen Paramedic

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Updated 3/8 @ 5p ET -- A veteran Bensalem, Pennsylvania Paramedic died Sunday night after suffering a massive heart attack while chasing a man he was responding to help, officials said.

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  • Paramedic identified as 39-year-old Daniel McIntosh
  • McIntosh suffered heart attack after chasing after victim who fled from the scene
  • Suspect in custody, undergoing evaluation
  • McIntosh was also a tactical medic and recently hired as a part-time police officer.
  • McIntosh leaves behind a wife and two young children

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At about 7 p.m. Sunday, EMS and police units were dispatched to a male with a reported mental illness (initially reported by WPVI as a possible suicidal subject). The medic, identified Monday morning as Daniel McIntosh, was pronounced dead at an area hospital.

An interview on NBC Philadelphia with police Sgt. Andrew Aninsman reported that medics approached the individual and he fled. Officials said McIntosh gave chase, during which he collapsed.

Initial local media reports stated the medic was injured during some sort of altercation with or attack by the victim, which was not the case.

"It appears that when (McIntosh) gave foot chase after the suicidal subject to try and help this guy, he had a massive coronary and fell to the ground at which time he sustained some significant trauma to the head," Bensalem Police Director of Public Safety Fred Harran told NBC Philadelphia during a Monday afternoon press conference. (More from KYW)

McIntosh is from Bensalem Emergency Medical Services in Bucks County. The organization's Web site listed McIntosh as an EMT-Paramedic assigned to Station 186. He'd been with the department since 1998. The 39-year-old medic has been with the organization since 1998 and is married with two daughters, ages 1 and 5.

McIntosh was also a part-time police officer and a tactical medic.

"Sometimes you just don't know what is going to happen," PhillyFireNews.com News Editor Steve Skipton told users of the site's forum Sunday night. "I teach new EMT's and preach scene safety on every response well this brings that point home that no calls are 'routine'. Be safe"

Police say the unidentified suspect has a history of mental illness and is being evaluated at a hospital, according to the Associated Press.

JEMS.com will have further details on this story as new information becomes available.

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How do we measure the worth of one life? Is it more important how one lived...or how one died? I did not know the man that was Paramedic McIntosh of Bensalem EMS. What I do know is that while attempting to rescue a madman from his own demons...Dan McIntosh had his life taken from him...by the very same man he came to save. I believe how he left us...speaks volumes about who he was when he was with us...
This is a true tragedy for one of our brotheres, may you rest in peace my friend and may the lord watch over your family. My thoughts and prayers go out too his extended family at Bensalem EMS.

Kevin Dean
NREMT-P, CCEMT-P
Wisconsin
This is awful. All of us EMS providers will carry this in our minds, and myabe, just ,aybe we can learn a lesson here. Im sure that as far as everyone was concerned, the scean was safe, till this sick person pulled a knife. Thats how quick an EDP call goes bad. I have said for years that EMS providers should have SOME kind of body armor.

Rest easy brother, we will carry on for you.
Nice John: Doesn't it say that the name was not being released yet????? Read the info! It may save your life someday! I hope all the family knows by now;

John M. Igoe said:
How do we measure the worth of one life? Is it more important how one lived...or how one died? I did not know the man that was Paramedic McIntosh of Bensalem EMS. What I do know is that while attempting to rescue a madman from his own demons...Dan McIntosh had his life taken from him...by the very same man he came to save. I believe how he left us...speaks volumes about who he was when he was with us...
No words can express the pain, the hurt, the sadness when we hear about the loss of life of a brother or sister in the line of service. Please know that prayers are being said for the co-workers, friends and family that our REAL CHIEF surrounds you with HIS presence and HIS peace during this horrible time.

On HIS Shift,
Chaplain Skip Straus, NREMT-P, BCCC
Board Certified Crisis Chaplain
Founder - Emergency Ministries
www.emergencyministries.org
BOB,
John's post was time-stamped after I read the name on a local news website. Mr. Igoe, eloquent as always.

This was on the website philly.com
Medic suffered head injury chasing mentally ill man

Inquirer Staff Report

A paramedic who died chasing after a mentally ill man in Bensalem last night suffered a head injury, police said this morning.
They said it is not clear if he fell or suffered a medical problem.

Investigators are awaiting an autopsy to establish the cause of death, police said.

The medic has been identified as Daniel McIntosh, 39, a married father of two daughters, aged 1 and 5.

McIntosh was a 13-year veteran of the Bensalem Rescue Squad and a tactical medic for the Bucks County South SWAT Team who was recently hired as a part time police officer for Hulmeville Borough, Bensalem police said.

Police said McIntosh and another medic responded to a call for a mentally ill man on the 2600 block of Kiansas Avenue about 7 last night.

When the man fled, McIntosh chased after him.

Police said it is not clear what happened next, but it appeared that the medic fell and hit his head.

McIntosh died an hour later Aria Health-Torresdale Campus, police said.

The mentally ill man was taken into custody and was being evaluated, police said.
"My Brother has fallen; no, I don't know his name. Have not the same parents still family all the same. He lives in this town, I live in another, It doesn't really matter 'cause this man is my Brother. My Brother has fallen doing what he loved best, And among the Honored, he now stands with the rest. For a mile in dress uniform here everyone stands, For my Brother has fallen, God into your hands." ~ Author Unknown
Thoughts and prayers go out to family, friends, and co-workers of Daniel McIntosh from his Paramedic brothers in Pennsylvania.
JEMSconnect was holding the name, local news in PA had it out already. The family knew.

BOB said:
Nice John: Doesn't it say that the name was not being released yet????? Read the info! It may save your life someday! I hope all the family knows by now;

John M. Igoe said:
How do we measure the worth of one life? Is it more important how one lived...or how one died? I did not know the man that was Paramedic McIntosh of Bensalem EMS. What I do know is that while attempting to rescue a madman from his own demons...Dan McIntosh had his life taken from him...by the very same man he came to save. I believe how he left us...speaks volumes about who he was when he was with us...
It is a tragedy when anyone dies, however it is extremly tragic when a fellow EMS members passes because all of Us give Our all to help others. All EMS members are soldiers of GOD and this tells the Public there is one less soldier on the street to care for them. Dan may You Rest in Peace My Friend and fellow EMS Member! Eeven though We have never met, as Brothers and Sisters of the street We have a common bond. Your Family is and will be in Our Prayers now and forever in the Future.

Signed
Captain Michael J Keen "Tiny"
Steelville Ambulance District
Steelville, Missouri
"It is foolish and wrong to mourn the men who died. Rather we should thank God that such men lived." - General Patton
R.I.P Paramedic Daniel McIntosh.

My sincere condolences to his family, as well as his co-workers at Bensalem EMS.

Mike Stumpf, ACP
Northumberland County EMS
Cobourg, Ontario

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