SCHENECTADY, N.Y. â€“ It has been reported to Mohawk Ambulance Service that the investigation of the one-car accident on May 24, 2017 by the Schenectady County Sheriffâ€™s Office is now complete.
â€œThis was a terrible and unfortunate accident and we canâ€™t express enough how deeply saddened we are. We continue to pray for the family of Mr. Aernecke and offer our sincerest condolences in their time of grief,â€ said James P. McPartlon, president, Mohawk Ambulance Service.
Mohawk Ambulance Service has fully cooperated with investigators and provided all information in its possession which has been requested by the Sheriffâ€™s Office. In more than 50 years of serving the Capital Region, this is the first incident of this nature to occur involving one of its service vehicles.
At Mohawk Ambulance Service, patient care and safety take priority. The EMT driving the rig was eight hours into a 12-hour shift at the time of the incident, following 14 hours off. The EMS industry is a 24-hour service, and 12-hour shifts are common practice nationwide. The two-person crew involved in the accident last week was engaged in its fifth call of the day.