One EMS worker dead, three sickened in carbon monoxide poisoning - KYTX CBS 19 Tyler Longview News Weather Sports

One White Oak EMT dead, three sickened in carbon monoxide poisoning

Posted: Updated:
The scene outside Champion EMS in White Oak Friday morning. The scene outside Champion EMS in White Oak Friday morning.
The scene outside Champion EMS in White Oak Friday morning. The scene outside Champion EMS in White Oak Friday morning.
33-year-old Casey Steenland 33-year-old Casey Steenland
  • CBS19.tv Web ExclusivesMore>>

  • Web Exclusive: Technology helping house calls make a comeback

    Web Exclusive: Technology helping house calls make a comeback

    Friday, August 1 2014 9:44 AM EDT2014-08-01 13:44:03 GMT
    You know the feeling when you or your child gets sick, it can be really tough to get out of bed and drag yourself to the doctor's office.  In some places now technology is bringing the doctor to you.More >>
    You know the feeling when you or your child gets sick, it can be really tough to get out of bed and drag yourself to the doctor's office.  In some places now technology is bringing the doctor to you.More >>
  • Moms-to-be learn how to be Fit for Two

    Moms-to-be learn how to be Fit for Two

    Thursday, July 31 2014 11:54 PM EDT2014-08-01 03:54:43 GMT
    Exercising during pregnancy may have more benefits than you realize. Research finds it can make labor and delivery easier on your body. There are also benefits for baby. As little as 20 minutes of moderate exercise, three times per week enhances the newborn child's brain development.  In this week's Fit City, find out how ETMC is trying to create strong moms and healthy babies with one of its programs. More >>
    Exercising during pregnancy may have more benefits than you realize. Research finds it can make labor and delivery easier on your body. There are also benefits for baby. As little as 20 minutes of moderate exercise, three times per week enhances the newborn child's brain development.  In this week's Fit City, find out how ETMC is trying to create strong moms and healthy babies with one of its programs. More >>
  • Web Exclusive: Rob Lowe is getting "sharky" for a TV network

    Web Exclusive: Rob Lowe is getting "sharky" for a TV network

    Thursday, July 31 2014 9:45 AM EDT2014-07-31 13:45:11 GMT
    Actor Rob Lowe is lending his comedic talents to the Discovery channel.  In a new promo for Shark Week he throws up chum while riding two sharks.More >>
    Actor Rob Lowe is lending his comedic talents to the Discovery channel.  In a new promo for Shark Week he throws up chum while riding two sharks.More >>

joint coverage by the Tyler Morning Telegraph and CBS19.tv

Update:
The EMT has been identified as 33-year-old Casey Steenland (pictured).

WHITE OAK - A 33-year-old woman training to become an EMT succumbed to carbon monoxide poisoning early this morning when a generator inside a Champion EMS substation was left on overnight.

Victoria Ashworth, Good Shepherd Hospital marketing and public relations director, said the 33-year-old woman and three other EMTs were exposed to carbon monoxide poisoning and were found at shift change in the substation, which is next door to the White Oak police department.

White Oak police confirmed they began dispatching additional ambulances at 7:14 a.m., and city officials said police had to break down a door to gain entry.

Ms. Ashworth said officials are notifying next of kin, but did add her husband is an employee at Good Shepherd Hospital. The deceased woman was a part-time employee who was riding on the substation's truck to gain experience.

"One patient was transported by air, two others by ground ambulances to Good Shepherd," Ms. Ashworth said. "Two of those patients underwent treatment in a hyperbaric chamber, and all three patients are now in good condition."

Ms. Ashworth said the incident remains under investigation, but it appears a generator may have been left on in the building with the bay doors shut while the EMTs slept. She described the station as being like a fire station where there are sleeping quarters. EMTs are awakened by an alarm if there is a call.

A press conference is scheduled at the White Oak fire training ground today at 2 p.m., where officials from White Oak and Good Shepherd are expected to release further details about the incident.

"This is a devastating loss for us here at Good Shepherd and Champion EMS, along with our partners, Trinity Mother Frances," Ms. Ashworth said. Mother Frances Hospital and Good Shepherd are co-owners of the Champion EMS ambulance service.

Ms. Ashworth would not give any further details about the other victims other than they are in good condition.

  • Local NewsMore>>

  • House GOP cancels vote on immigration bill

    House GOP cancels vote on immigration bill

    Thursday, July 31 2014 2:46 PM EDT2014-07-31 18:46:25 GMT
    Washington (CNN) -- On the last day before summer recess, dysfunction reigned in Congress.House Republicans canceled a vote on their $659 million emergency response to the border influx from Central America overwhelming immigration resources, unable to agree among themselves about what to do.More >>
    Washington (CNN) -- On the last day before summer recess, dysfunction reigned in Congress.House Republicans canceled a vote on their $659 million emergency response to the border influx from Central America overwhelming immigration resources, unable to agree among themselves about what to do.More >>
  • New Summerfield family awaits word if body found belongs to missing loved one

    New Summerfield family awaits word if body found belongs to missing loved one

    Wednesday, July 30 2014 10:22 PM EDT2014-07-31 02:22:54 GMT
    Missing person Javier JimenezMissing person Javier Jimenez
    NEW SUMMERFIELD -- Jessica Jimenez is consoled by family members after learning police have found a body just days after her father was reported missing. Javier Jimenez, 44, was last seen leaving his home in New Summerfield on the morning of July 23. More >>
    NEW SUMMERFIELD -- Jessica Jimenez is consoled by family members after learning police have found a body just days after her father was reported missing. Javier Jimenez, 44, was last seen leaving his home in New Summerfield on the morning of July 23. More >>
  • Nine Cases of Chikungunya Virus in Texas

    Nine Cases of Chikungunya Virus in Texas

    Wednesday, July 30 2014 3:58 PM EDT2014-07-30 19:58:47 GMT
    AUSTIN (KYTX)- Texas Department of State Health and Services has confirmed nine Texas cases of Chikungunya, a virus that can cause fever and severe joint pain and is transmitted by mosquitoes.More >>
    AUSTIN (KYTX)- Texas Department of State Health and Services has confirmed nine Texas cases of Chikungunya, a virus that can cause fever and severe joint pain and is transmitted by mosquitoes.More >>
Powered by WorldNow

CBS19, MYTX & KCEB
2211 ESE Loop 323
Tyler, TX 75701
Phone (903) 581-2211
Fax (903) 581-5769

Powered by WorldNow
All content © Copyright 2000 - 2014 WorldNow and KYTX. All Rights Reserved. Users of this site agree to the Terms of Service, Privacy Notice/Your California Privacy Rights, and Ad Choices.