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Police chief says Ore. hospital tried to help man

The Columbian

PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) — Portland’s police chief has stepped back from criticism officers leveled at a Portland hospital where a 61-year-old man was dying in a parking lot last week and officers were told to call 911.

Chief Mike Reese appeared at a press conference Tuesday with Portland Adventist Hospital officials who said medical workers did everything they could and should have done — except communicate well with the officers.

Reese says it’s clear that hospital workers were “preparing a response” to help Birgilio Marin-Fuentes, who was first thought to be a car crash victim. But he suffered a heart attack while driving to the hospital.

Hospital officials replayed surveillance camera video they said showed an emergency room charge nurse dispatching a paramedic within a minute of being notified the man was in trouble.

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