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EMS Wrongful Death Lawsuit Settled

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Maryland emergency works have agreed to settle a wrongful death lawsuit, according to court records.

A lawyer for Smithsburg Emergency Medical Services said the case, which was scheduled for trial on May 26, has been settled, although he declined to further discuss the settlement terms.

The lawsuit was filed on behalf of volunteer firefighter Christina Hess. She and her unborn child died in 2003 from pregnancy complications while the former chief of the ambulance company mocked the call for help and belittled the fire company in a tape-recorded conversation with a dispatcher.

The suit contended what ill will toward the fire company caused EMS workers to respond too slowly to the emergency.

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