Hectic Holiday for Emergency Personnel

POSTED BY: Kelly Choate
Thursday, November 24, 2011 - 07:17 PM
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State Highway Patrol

It's been a busy Thanksgiving for law enforcement and medical responders in Zanesville and surrounding areas.

Trooper Todd Henry of the Zanesville Post of the State Highway Patrol said the biggest problem is the extra traffic on Interstate 70. He said troopers are assisting drivers of disabled vehicles by taking them to gas stations for help.

"Traditionally, this is the most dangerous holiday to travel," said Henry. "We try to be proactive and stop something before it happens."

Henry said the Zanesville post reported three car crashes on Wednesday and two OVIs on Wednesday night. Community Ambulance is keeping up with an influx of calls as well. Paramedic Terry Hoffer said the holiday season is a stressful time.

"People tend to be more emotional, and there are more suicides," said Hoffer. "They tend to look for drugs and alcohol."

Hoffer said Community Ambulance responded to a couple of fires and a cooking-related burn injury earlier in the week.

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