Quillman clashes with paramedics
October 4, 2013 11:10PM
Updated: November 7, 2013 6:50AM
Joliet Councilwoman Jan Quillman swore at paramedics and interfered with them, accusing one of them of assaulting her at the scene of an ambulance call Aug. 25, according to fire department reports.
Quillman’s version of what happened contrasts sharply.
“I never said that word at all,” Quillman said, referring to her alleged repeated use of the F-word as she clashed with two paramedics while they were trying to take care of Quillman’s mother-in-law before she was taken to the hospital.
Just what happened may never be cleared up. City officials, including Fire Chief Joseph Formhals and Mayor Thomas Giarrante, would not comment about the incident.
Councilman John Gerl, who heads the council’s public safety committee, said there has been no internal inquiry into what occurred, and he does not expect any.
But the incident was important enough at the time that Formhals and then-interim Police Chief Al Roachner were called to the scene.
The ambulance was called to the home of Quillman’s 92-year-old mother-in-law about 8:30 p.m., and paramedics did not immediately get a response at the house, the reports indicate. Quillman, who lives nearby, said she got a call at home from the dispatch center that paramedics may need help getting into the house, and she and her husband headed over.
When they got there, Quillman’s mother-in-law was being treated, and Quillman said she was alarmed by the amount of blood her mother-in-law had lost from a burst varicose vein.
They say Quillman delayed the paramedics’ attempts to get her mother-in-law to the hospital. In his report, paramedic Dave Chizmark described Quillman as intoxicated and said as he used his arm to prevent Quillman from getting into the ambulance, she said, “I will get into the back of that f------ ambulance. U (sic) must not know who I am.”
After he kept her out, Chizmark said, Quillman began calling for police, claiming she had been assaulted and saying the paramedic had grabbed her breast.
Quillman denies being intoxicated and said she does not use “that word” and did not do so that night. She also denied claiming that Chizmark grabbed her breast.
Quillman said she has since met with Chizmark, and “we sat down and talked about the whole thing and agreed it had been blown out of proportion.”