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Locals Protest to Protect Rural Emergency Medical Services

"The people of West Virginia are going to be hurt by this. The elderly especially that rely on ambulance companies to respond to, not only emergencies, but doctor's appointments, things of that nature," said Stacey Hicks, Princeton Rescue Squad, CEO.
CHARLESTON, W.Va. - First responders and other emergency personnel rallied Monday at the West Virginia capitol in Charleston. 

The protesters were urging Governor Earl Tomblin to protect rural emergency medical services, asking him to reject a proposal that would have the state contract non-emergency medical transportation. 

EMS agencies say if the state contracts medical transportation, they will lose out on money they need to subsidize their emergency services. 

"The people of West Virginia are going to be hurt by this. The elderly especially that rely on ambulance companies to respond to, not only emergencies, but doctor's appointments, things of that nature," said Stacey Hicks, Princeton Rescue Squad, CEO. 

Without the funds from non-emergency medical transportation, some squads say they would not be able to maintain services. 

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