It’s with deep regret that we pass on to you that Paramedics Lahiri Garcia, 51, and Paul Besaw, 36, died in a vehicle crash at Indiantown and Philadelphia Drive just west of Military Trail (Jupiter area of Palm Beach County).
PM’s Garcia and Besaw worked for American Medical Response. PM Garcia was a critical care supervisor and PM Besaw was a critical care paramedic and supervisor.
A third person was injured in the crash and taken to a trauma center. It was not immediately clear if the person was aboard the ambulance or drove the red convertible that crashed into it.
Witnesses said the crash occurred when that red car made a U-turn, hitting the ambulance that was traveling west. The ambulance was returning to quarters from a transport. Both Paramedics leave behind spouses and families.
Our condolences to all those affected. Rest In Peace.
LODD: 2 Fla. paramedics killed in ambulance rollover crash
A car pulled in front of the AMR ambulance; the crash is under investigation
Duty Death: Lahiri Garcia and Paul Besaw - [Jupiter, Florida]
End of Service: 06/01/2017
By EMS1 Staff
JUPITER, Fla. — Two paramedics were killed in an ambulance crash Thursday morning.
WPBF.com reported that a car pulled in front of the American Medical Response ambulance; the rig tried to avoid the crash, causing it to rollover. The ambulance did not have its lights and sirens activated. There were no patients on board at the time of the incident.
The driver of the car was injured and transported to the hospital with non-life threatening injuries. Lahiri Garcia, 51, and critical care paramedic and supervisor, Paul Besaw, 36, died in the crash.
"Lahiri and Paul were both devoted husbands and fathers," AMR wrote on Facebook. "They dedicated their lives to caring for others. They were skilled, compassionate and fearless employees who embodied all of the qualities of an exemplary EMS provider."
The crash is under investigation. We will update you once more information becomes available.
Our hearts are heavy as tragedy has struck our AMR Family in Florida. We are deeply saddened to share that our colleagues, Lahiri and Paul, died in the line of duty early this morning in a crash in Jupiter, Florida.
Lahiri and Paul were both devoted husbands and fathers. They dedicated their lives to caring for others. They were skilled, compassionate and fearless employees who embodied all of the qualities of an exemplary EMS provider.
Our thoughts go out to the families, friends and colleagues of Lahiri and Paul.