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City Might Waive Service Bills For Electrocuted Good Samaritans

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The city might agree to waive bills for the paramedic services for the families of two Good Samaritans who were electrocuted when they rushed in to help a car crash victim, fire department officials said today.

News that the families of the deceased victims Irma Zamora and Stacey Schreiber might end up having to pay over a thousand dollars to the city for paramedic services on top of their grief sparked outrage.

"The city fire department administration is going to address that issue publicly tomorrow," Los Angeles City Fire Department spokesman Brian Humphrey told City News Service.

Few details were available today about what the city's plans were. It's not clear if the city plans to waive bills for the surviving Good Samaritans as well as Zamora and Schreiber.

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"The administration will speak for themselves," Humphrey told CNS. "They will discuss the issue tomorrow."

Yesterday, Humphrey explained that the city mandates that everyone—including Good Samaritans and victims of crimes—repay the city for paramedic and ambulance services. There were exceptions for low-income patients, but the city recouped $27 million from the seven fiscal years up to and including 2011.

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