San Diego EMT Killed While On Scene of Accident on 163 Freeway – Fund Established

San Diego Medical Services is deeply saddened by the loss of Emergency Medical Technician (EMT) Esteban Bahena who was killed in the line of duty on Thursday .

At 0659 hours Thursday, a San Diego Medical Services ambulance happened upon a single vehicle traffic accident. After assessing the patients and initiating a response, the crew began to lay out a flare pattern to warn oncoming traffic. During this process, Bahena was struck by a vehicle traveling at freeway speed. San Diego Fire-Rescue 4, returning from a call, came upon the incident and immediately began to render aid.

Bahena was transported to Mercy Hospital where he was subsequently pronounced dead at 0832.

“Our paramedics and EMTs serve the San Diego community every day, and Esteban was one of our very well-liked and exemplary employees,” said SDMS CEO Philip Forgione. “All our personnel are stunned and devastated by this incident, and our deepest thoughts and prayers go out to the Bahena family.”

Bahena was 24 years old, and has been a San Diego Medical Services employee since August 2008.

Fund Established

San Diego Medical Services has established a memorial fund in honor of emergency medical technician Esteban Bahena

Checks can be mailed or dropped off at:
San Diego Fire Fighters Credit Union
4926 La Cuenta Dr.
San Diego, CA 92124
Acct #: 1214D.
DSMS is working on setting up an online donation account so people can donate electronically.

Esteban’s family is currently out of contact, but we hope to have more information on services and memorial soon, and will keep you apprised of developments. We thank you for your kindness and consideration of this situation. Please feel free to contact me if I can be of further assistance.

Sincerely, Reema Makani
Public Relations Specialist
San Diego Medical Services
(619) 533-4421

About Philip Hayes

Phil is currently an active career Captain with the City of Stamford Fire & Rescue Department. He spent more than 20 years with Stamfords' Rescue 1 and has experience as a former Paramedic, EMS Instructor, Rescue Diver and Fire Officer. Before moving to Connecticut to join the Stamford Fire & Rescue Department, he spent many several years as a paramedic in Southern Westchester County, NY. Phil is also experienced with graphic design, multimedia development, digital video and audio. Phil brings both vision and implementation experiences of internet technology solutions and is critical in developing the web-strategy plans and operational infrastructure to Sirius Innovations and the Village sites.