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Subject:  Bills come even when your dead.... Date:  2/21/2013  8:00 PM
Author:  telegraph Number:  672586 of 795309

no-show ambulance that resulted in a bill for nearly $800 has motivated tens of thousands of people to sign an online petition to drop the charge.

On the night Durand Ford Jr. called for an ambulance, dozens of D.C. firefighters - about one-fourth of the force that day - called out sick.

It was New Year's Eve, and Ford's 71-year-old father, Durand Ford Sr., was short of breath.

An ambulance finally arrived between 30 and 40 minutes after the call from Prince George's County, at the request of D.C. Fire and EMS.

But Ford's condition was grave and he ultimately died.

The family was stunned and upset by the delay, but what followed only added to the exasperation: a bill for $780.

"Just to think that the D.C. Fire and EMS would send a bill for work and service that they did not provide is appalling