NEW YORK (AP) — Annie O’Daly’s husband said she had to wait more than 30 hours for help after falling and breaking her ankle at her Brooklyn home.

Hers was just one of hundreds of 911 calls that piled up unresolved as the blizzard that hit New York City stranded ambulances.

O’Daly’s husband, Jim Leonhardt, described her ordeal, saying she spent the hours after her Sunday night fall lying on her floor, pale-faced and screaming in agony whenever anyone tried to move her leg or adjust a pillow.

An ambulance didn’t arrive until 2:30 a.m. Tuesday.

Fire officials could not confirm the specifics of Leonhardt’s account, but said some people may have experienced significant delays as emergency responders focused on the most serious cases.

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Comments (9)
  1. norman west says:

    you keep voting for bloomie so shut the f##k up…you get what you vote for….

  2. Mager says:

    Maybe instead of changing all the city roads for bicycles, spend the money on snow removal. Mr. Bloomberg

  3. EMMA JONES says:

    Maybe if the sanitation trucks weren’t parked doing nothing this could all have been avoided. Sanitation workers – despite your greviances you are hurting the people who in fact pay your salary – not the mayor or the commissioner

    1. The Good Samaritan says:

      yes indeed

      The Good Samaritan has spoken.

  4. The Good Samaritan says:

    911 calls respond fatser to chicken mcnugget complaints.

    The Good Samaritan has spoken.

  5. MR says:

    Mayor Bloomberg and his great ideas. Sheesh!

  6. paul says:

    That’s bollocks!

  7. life is good says:

    After reading Mr. Riccio’s editorial, it is immediately clear that he suffers from the same disconnect that many in elected / appointed municipal positions do: an ‘us versus them’ mentality. He claims the city did everything that could be done? Not even close: A snow emergency should have been declared PRIOR to the start of the storm which would take all but essential vehicles off the road. A request for the National Guard to pre-position at firehouses & EMS stations with personnel, 4-wheel drive trucks, military ambulances & snow removal equipment prior to the start of the storm. A partial re-call of off duty Firefighters not only to add a 5th Firefighter to all Engine Co.’s but to also staff and place into service all of the ‘Reserve” fire apparatus which would have increased emergency response capability. A 3rd E.M.T. & shovels should have been assigned to every ambulance in the F.D.N.Y. system. National Guard units should have been assigned to assist the response of ambulances & fire department units to life threatening emergencies. The mayor dropped the ball and I suspect a big part of it was the result of an out of touch, Corporate CEO type personality who is in over his head when it comes to preparing for and dealing with a major emergency. No one is blaming the snow, just acknowledging the old saying, “Fail to prepare, prepare to fail!”. Unfortunately, in this case failing meant many people suffered, some died and some lost their homes. You failed Mayor Bloomberg it’s time to own up to it, the buck stops with you.

  8. The Good Samaritan says:

    This is an outrgage…there is no excuse for ambulance wait this long at all

    The Good Samaritan has spoken.

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