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Medic hurt on the job has a warning for drivers

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A Mt. Healthy firefighter and paramedic was hurt on the job while responding to call, and said a distracted driver is to blame.

Whenever the emergency call comes in, Autumn Rainwater and her team jump into action to help whoever is in need.

While working on a patient in the back of an ambulance this past Sunday, Rainwater also ended up being treated at the hospital.

"Someone who wasn't paying attention who was driving with earbuds in, cut in front of the ambulance and gave us very little time to stop," she said.

They were on the highway heading to Mercy West when the ambulance was forced to come to a sudden stop because of the driver cut them off.

At the time, Rainwater was standing up treating the patient.

"We just stopped so hard that I flew from the back of the ambulance to the front smashing my face on the metal pole," she said. 

That night, she posted a picture on Facebook showing her black eye and wrote a PSA to other drivers asking them to move over whenever they see sirens, showing them what can happen when drivers don't pay attention.

She is still recovering from her injuries.

"It's incredibly painful. They said I had a mild concussion and some bruising and I got really really lucky but next time if this happens I could not be so lucky," Rainwater said. 

Quinn Marcotte, Rainwater's husband, was driving the ambulance when it narrowly escaped the crash.

He said the split decision to hit the car in front of him or slam the brakes is one he has to make too often.

"Those things don't stop very fast. It took a long time for us to stop and I missed the guy by a couple of feet at best," Marcotte said.

They are now warning drivers to pay attention. When you see the sirens going off, it's best to pull over to the right and if you can't get over - slow down.

"Nowhere you're driving to is as important to us as getting home alive. We want to go home to our families too," said Rainwater.

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