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Woman alleges Putnam County EMS took too long to reach residence to help late husband after calling 911

State Court

By Kyla Asbury | Aug 7, 2019

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WINFIELD – A woman is suing Putnam County EMS for allegedly not responding to her home in an acceptable amount of time when she called for emergency services.

Dawn Pierce, individually and as the administrator of the estate of Gary T. Pierce, filed suit against Putnam County EMS and Putnam County E-911 in Putnam Circuit Court over allegations of ordinary and professional negligence.

Dawn Pierce alleges she called 911 on June 6, 2017, when her husband, Gary Pierce, was experiencing cardiac arrest. She alleges that the emergency personnel took more than 20 minutes to drive 1 mile from the defendants' Station 25 to their home.

The plaintiff alleges Gary Pierce died due to the delay in the handling of the cardiac arrest, according to the suit.

Dawn Pierce is seeking compensatory and punitive damages. She is represented Robert M. Bastress III of DiPiero Simmons McGinley & Bastress and Michael Cary of Cary Law Office, both in Charleston.

The case has been assigned to Circuit Judge Phillip Stowers.

Putnam Circuit Court case number 19-C-112

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