Minnesota Paramedic Died in the Line of Duty
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Crosby, MN (KROC-AM News) - A procession of law enforcement and emergency vehicles from across Minnesota participated in a procession Thursday evening that accompanied the hearse transporting the body of a central Minnesota paramedic who died in the line of duty Wednesday night.
Officials in Mille Lacs County say 47-year-old Toby Rowan, who served as a paramedic for the Mille Lacs Health System in Onamia, collapsed after he and other emergency responders were called to the scene of a medical emergency. Efforts to revive him were unsuccessful and both Rowan and the original patient died.
A Facebook post by the Cuyana Regional Medical Center in Crosby indicates he also worked for the healthcare provider, where his wife is employed as a nurse.
“This is hard for all of us,” said Emergency Medical Services Director Bob McLaughlin. “We are grateful that CRMC is truly a family.”
The Facebook post says Rowan is survived by his parents, his wife, and four adult children, and stepchildren. Funeral arrangements are pending.