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September 05, 2005

Noted Without Comment

Rescue 'ticket'

Posted: 6:24 p.m. ET
CNN's Drew Griffin in New Orleans, Louisiana

I am stunned by an interview I conducted with New Orleans Detective Lawrence Dupree. He told me they were trying to rescue people with a helicopter and the people were so poor they were afraid it would cost too much to get a ride and they had no money for a "ticket." Dupree was shaken telling us the story. He just couldn't believe these people were afraid they'd be charged for a rescue.

Posted by john at September 5, 2005 10:08 PM

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D. Potter | September 5, 2005 10:32 PM

Have you needed an ambulance lately?

Chris Beck | September 5, 2005 10:50 PM

Semantics: is not the post itself a comment? Is it not likely that a statistical analysis of the context of your recent and previous posts will allow us to make predictions about what your general inner-monologue was at the time of readin and posting?

Just trying to give us an excuse to argue and think about something else for a minute before going back to obsessively refreshing Interdictor and the Time-Picayune.

Soni | September 6, 2005 02:26 AM

I don't doubt it. Around here, you can buy a $50 per year, per person subscription to the local helicopter flight rescue team, or you can roll the dice and hope you never need their services. Fees for a single air lift run as high as several thousand dollars. I'd be asking the same questions.

It wouldn't be the first time people have been "given" something by a rescue org and then later finding out there is a charge. (I heard a lot of bad stuff about the Red Cross charging bed-ridden soldiers for what appeared to be donuts and coffee during "goodwill" hospital visits and such a few wars back, although I have no idea if that sort of thing is still happening).

Cal | September 6, 2005 04:32 AM

Around here, ambulance rides get charged by the mile.

Soni | September 7, 2005 02:06 AM

Ahem...make that "for what appeared to be free donuts and coffee"


gcaw | September 8, 2005 09:52 AM

When the US rescues its citizens abroad, it frequently makes them sign a form promising to reimburse the government for costs. I'm not sure other countries do this. But it shows that these people's concerns were not as far-fetched as one might believe.

Ambulance Doc | September 27, 2005 04:41 PM

In many countries people are charged for a rescue. Were they foreigners?

rusty | January 30, 2006 05:31 PM

hello, for some reason i can't post my additional comment for the "being poor is..." list, so i thought i'd send it here:

being poor is being told there is no charge for my doctor's visit because my income is so low, but to then say that donations are welcome.