A young paramedic died on Sunday after his colleagues were unable to save him when the ambulance he was driving was involved in a multi-vehicle car crash.
Penn Hills paramedic Nicholas Theofilis, 23, was driving in Shadyside, Pittsburgh around 11:40 pm. when the ambulance he was driving hit another vehicle at an intersection,Pittsburgh’s Action News informó.
Theofilis was in cardiac arrest when his own colleagues arrived at the scene. He later died at the hospital.
Friends and loved ones remembered Theofilis for his altruism and commitment to doing good for his community.
“He was a really good person,” his longtime friend, Tatyana Lantry, le dijo a la estación. “He cared about everybody. That was definitely one person that could bring multiple different people together.”
Después de bachillerato, Theofilis worked as an EMT for White Oak EMS. After receiving his certification as a paramedic he began to work full-time for Penn Hills EMS, but stayed loyal to the White Oak community.
White Oak EMS Chief Paul Falavolito said that Theofilis remained on the team part-time while working full-time for Penn Hills, notando: “It speaks volumes about his character that he would be willing to serve two communities because Penn Hills is his hometown.”
“When he became a paramedic, I understood the need to go back home to do it," él dijo.
Theofilis was also a firefighter for Rosedale Volunteer Fire Department in Penn Hills.
Penn Hills Mayor Pauline Calabrese on Monday deemed Theofilis a local hero.
“He will forever be a hero to Penn Hills and the community that he served his whole life. Accordingly, the flag of the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania and the flag of the Municipality of Penn Hills will be lowered and flown at half-mast.”
Calabrese added: “We ask that you please keep Nick Theofilis and his family in your thoughts and prayers during this difficult time.”
A passenger in the ambulance at the time of the crash suffered head trauma, facial lacerations and a possible concussion, la policía le dijo al medio. El pasajero, along with one of the drivers involved, were taken to the hospital. Both are listed in stable condition.
The driver of a third vehicle was not taken to the hospital, la policía dijo.