GRAND JUNCTION, Colo.- - One Grand Junction woman is running for city council after she claims that they almost killed her.
Kathryn Bennett’s motivation to run for city council stems from her own medical issue on January 15th, 2016. “Pulled up to my new rental house and felt pretty sick walked inside and immediately collapsed inside with breathing emergency,” said Bennett.
According to Bennett, when first responders arrived they told her to go to the hospital in the morning. At the hospital the next morning Bennett found out she had multiple blood clots in her lungs that could have killed her.
Bennett doesn’t blame the Grand Junction Fire Department or the EMT’s but she blames City Council’s decision to decrease funding for first responders for her near death experience.
“City council has made the decisions that are driving the financial cause of this lack of fair provision of emergency services,” said Bennett.
The City of Grand Junction advised that Bennett’s claims of lack of funding is inaccurate and that funding for the fire department has increased by 13.5%, from $14.1 million to $16 million in 2017.
The city also states staffing for the fire department and EMT’s are adequate. Bennett claims she has spoken do a dozen more people who have had similar issues with first responders which has helped justify why she is running for City Council.