Hamblen County, TN, EMS Captain Collapses, Dies on Call

April 9, 2024
Morristown-Hamblen Emergency Medical Services Capt. Todd Giles was stricken while on the scene of an injured person.

Crews at Morristown-Hamblen Emergency Medical Service are mourning the loss of one of their own.

Capt. Todd Giles collapsed at the scene of an injured person on Friday, WATE reported.

“His partner said, ‘I need another ambulance out here. Todd just went down,'” Morristown-Hamblen Emergency Service Director Danny Houseright said. “Rescue was on the scene. They had the AED on the truck. They saw him collapse. They went to work and all attempts to resuscitate him were unsuccessful.”

“Todd was a leader. He was somebody that you would go to if you wanted the truth, no matter whether it hurt or made you feel good, he always told you the truth.”

Giles joined the agency in April of 1988 after serving in the U.S. Army.

"Emergency medical responders are always the ones people call for help and when it’s one of your own that goes down, it affects the entire service. It puts tremendous burden on us because who do you call when we go down? You have to call one of your friends and working on one of your friends is difficult.”

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