A Hall Ambulance crew reached the scene of Bakersfield attorney Benjamin Greene's medical emergency in just over 12 minutes, a Hall spokesman said Thursday.

The Hall Ambulance crew that responded to a medical emergency Tuesday evening involving Bakersfield attorney Benjamin Greene arrived on scene at Hart Park in 12 minutes, 7 seconds, a Hall spokesman said in a news release Thursday.

The documented response time contradicts a witness who, in an interview with The Californian on Wednesday, estimated the response time to be approximately 40 minutes.

Greene, 48, died after participating in a 5K run at the park, where temperatures were estimated at 107 degrees.

According to the Kern County Sheriff’s Office, Greene began experiencing medical complications during the run before he collapsed.

An off-duty firefighter performed CPR on Greene until an ambulance arrived and rushed him to Kern Medical Center. He was pronounced dead at 8:32 p.m.

According to Hall Ambulance spokesman Mark Corum, Hall received a request from the Kern County Emergency Communications Center at 7:44:38 p.m. The company’s Advanced Life Support ambulance crew responded from Oswell Street and Mall View Road, and arrived on scene at the park at 7:56:45 p.m.

Firefighters from the Bakersfield Fire Department arrived on scene and assisted the ambulance crew with care during transport. The off-duty firefighter also accompanied the ambulance crew to Kern Medical Center.

The crew and patient arrived at the hospital at 8:25:36 p.m., Corum said, for a transport time of 14 minutes, 25 seconds.

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HB of CJ

Also many unanswered questions. No als ems on scene during race? Very hot to run a race. Also curious as to the real response time from Hall Ambulance?

In the deep past, not that it matters today, a City Ambulance Company had problems giving out true factual response times that resulted in a death?

All maybe swept under the rug? Just saying. But ... this death may not have been preventable on many levels. Tragic deaths happen no matter what you do.


The statement by a witness to this event stated an estimated 40 minutes for Hall Ambulance Service to arrive. I am retired from the fire service (not Kern) and we heard this kind of statement on a regular basis. Anguish creates misjudged time frames. Those at the scene must realize that the ambulance service does not respond until they are dispatched. Dispatch is not generated until the 911 call is routed to them. When cellular phones dial 911, the call may not be going directly to the dispatch center involved in the request for service. In some instances, cellular 911 calls can go out of State and even to Canada for re-routing. The time lines and quoted dispatch times stated by Hall Ambulance Services seem correct to me. Once dispatched, delays in reaching the sites of need can be extensive depending on the location of the incident and long travel distances. Neither appear to be the case here, if the facts are correct. The times quoted are recorded to the hour, minute, and second, all by computer and cannot be altered. Just my take on the subject. We all mourn the loss of this highly respected individual.

Bill Palmer

I do not understand why an ambulance and other first responders were not on scene during this run in triple digit temperatures. Poor planning on the part of the sponsors of the event.

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