• Update: Pennsylvania Township Mourns Fallen Paramedic
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.
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.