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EMS: We’re not to blame

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By Robin Bass

In a written response to the wrongful death suit filed by the parents of Tiffany Troka, an attorney representing several of the defendants stated that EMS workers named in the suit are not at fault.

“Basically (our answer to the suit) denies all liability of Spencer County and Shelby County fiscal courts and the emergency service personnel that I represent,” said Attorney Carol Petitt. “It also says damages were caused by her negligence or the negligence of a third party.”

Tiffany died at the age of 17 on September 13, 2007, several days after she was admitted to the hospital for breathing difficulties. She had been at her home recovering from an ATV accident that occurred on Normandy Road August 3 of that year.

Tiffany’s father, Ronald Troka, has been previously quoted as saying that on the Sunday prior to her death he called for an ambulance after his daughter stopped breathing. Wanting to get her to help as soon as possible, Troka picked up his daughter and met the ambulance in route to his home. He said also that he performed CPR on Tiffany.

The wrongful death suit claims that Spencer EMS employees Chris Limpp, Samuel “Shawn” Johnson and Aaron Hornsby failed in their duties when they did not “properly stabilize and intubate” Tiffany and that this breach of duty caused her death.

In response to the suit, Pettit claims that emergency medical services “acted in good faith and without malice and within the scope of their duties as public servants.”

Others cited as defendants include two Shelby County EMS employees, Spencer County and Shelby County fiscal courts, Jewish Hospital-Shelbyville and University of Louisville Hospital.

Both Jewish and UofL hospitals have filed motions stating that Spencer County Circuit Court is not the proper venue since their facilities do not operate in Spencer County.

Attorney Jeremy Winton, representing Ronald and Geri Troka, would not comment on whether he intended to pursue complaints against the hospitals in their respective Shelby County and Jefferson County courts.

Petitt said that she saw no benefit in dividing her defendants up among their respective county courts. She said her next plan of action would be to request the plaintiffs to produce documentation to support their claims against the defendants.