Los Angeles residents have come up with the money to pay the ambulance fees of the Good Samaritans electrocuted Aug. 22 while trying to help a crash victim.
City Councilman Paul Krekorian announced Thursday that enough donations have been secured to not only cover the EMS fees for the two women killed, but the other five hurt as well, according to KPCC.
Despite complaints from the public, the Los Angeles Fire Department said it couldn't dismiss the bills sent to the families of Stacey Schreiber, 39, of Valley Village and Irma Zamora, 40, of Burbank, who were killed.
A fundraising effort was launched by the Valley Interfaith Council after the the pleas for dismissal fell on deaf ears. Fire officials said the city's code doesn't allow exemptions for Good Samaritans or crimes. Everyone has to pay up.
About $10,000 was raised, officials said.
An ambulance call can cost a patient anywhere from $974 to a little more than $1,300 — and that doesn’t include an additional transport fee of $15.75 cents per mile. In 2010, the L.A. City Council agreed to increase ambulance fees by 36 percent, the station reported.