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May 14, 2020

Blaine, the Ambulance Driver, in His Own Words

On Sunday afternoon near the outskirts of Hattieville, twenty-nine-year-old Blaine Caliz came face to face with a team of officers who trained their weapons on him as he exited what they believed was a runaway ambulance.  Police intelligence had informed them that the driver of a Southern Emergency Services vehicle was being held at gunpoint and forced to carry a supply of guns and drugs to Belize City.  After reportedly running two checkpoints, a roadblock was set up to arrest the flight of the out of control ambulance which, as it turned out, was transporting a patient to the K.H.M.H.  Caliz, who has since taken a leave of absence from work, traveled to Belize City today to clear the air on what transpired beginning with the absurd notion that he was being held hostage.

 

Blaine Caliz

Blaine Caliz, Employee, Southern Emergency Services

“To me, I do not know.  Whoever came up with that idea is the person that would be the fittest to give you that answer.”

 

Isani Cayetano

“Now when you exited the ambulance outside of Hattieville and guns were trained on you, what was your immediate reaction because it’s completely unusual, to say the least, that an ambulance driver would have guns drawn on him in that manner?”

 

Blaine Caliz

“I was taken aback.  It was surprising, but it is the police department and I need to comply.  I can’t do nothing else.”

 

Isani Cayetano

“They are saying however, that your attitude and behavior left a lot to be desired for any professional, including an EMT.”

 

Blaine Caliz

“At the first checkpoint we stopped, we talked to the police.  I did not disrespect him in any way and if I did, he needs to come forth and tell me that he felt disrespected and I will apologize to him.  The second checkpoint, the officers, I believe, were doing their job clearing the way because they have heard an ambulance coming and in the third instance where the road block was, when I came out, my patient is priority.  That is the reason why I am in EMS, to save a life.  So when I came out, that is what I told them, if my patient passes away, you guys are to blame.”


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