Statement from Dorothy Brown regarding investigation in CFD treatment of shooting victim Erin Carey
The violence the city experienced this weekend was heartbreaking, with many of the victims being young people whose lives were ended too soon for them to reach their full potential. My sympathies go out to all of the families who lost a love one to violence this weekend. I was particularly disturbed to learn that one of the victims Erin Carey, 17, was deemed by the Chicago Fire Department to be mortally wounded, not treated promptly and later died. Observers on the scene alerted the paramedics that Erin was breathing underneath the sheet that had been placed over him, he was then taken to the emergency room where some 20 hours later he was pronounced dead.
Fire department spokesman Larry Langford announced that they are conducting an investigation, and I encourage them to do so promptly, and to take appropriate action based on their findings. We need to ensure equitable care in emergency situations, and that means providing the proper training to the emergency personnel who are first responders in these situations. The senseless loss of life to violence in this city haunts each of us, and while we do not know if Erin could have survived his wounds, my hope is that negligence by any of our first responders was not a factor.
Statement attributable to Dorothy Brown, candidate for Mayor of the City of Chicago
June 20, 2018