Homeless Man Rushed to Hospital From Mt. Royal Drive

An LAFD captain calls him "one of our frequent fliers."

Paramedics from Eagle Rock Fire Station 42 rushed a homeless man to hospital from the southwest corner of Mt. Royal Drive and Colorado Boulevard Monday after receiving a call that he was unwell—and a fire captain on the scene said this wasn't the first time they had responded to ailments regarding the man.

"He's one of our frequent fliers," said Los Angeles Fire Department Capt. Ross Torstenbo, suggesting that LAFD medics had taken the homeless man to hospital many times. (Torstenbo was himself hospitalized with burn injuries he received while fighting a fire in the Calabasas-Malibu area in 1996.)

Roy and Karen Stewart, a couple walking a dog on Mt. Royal shortly after the LAFD ambulance left with the homeless man at 5:20 p.m., said he is a fixture of that part of the neighborhood.

They said that he could be seen lying in front of the entrance to a pediatrician's office across the street from the Colorado Medical Pharmacy—the exact spot from where Eagle Rock Senior Lead Officer Craig Orange of the Los Angeles Police Department found the man asleep during a ride along with Eagle Rock Patch in December 2010.

Maura Duval Griffin, who lives a couple of blocks south of the Mt. Royal-Colorado intersection, said the area around the pharmacy is a prominent and frequently noisy hangout for homeless people and that she had seen some new faces there lately.

Working fool October 16, 2012 at 07:02 PM
The homeless on the corner have made lives miserable for the residence and visitors to this area. They urinate, defecate, drink and do drugs. Then they pass out on the sidewalk making it impossible to walk down the street. They are a big health and safety issue.
John October 16, 2012 at 07:42 PM
The deparment of Mental Health, the Salvation Army, Alcoholics Anonymous, the Department of Health and Human Services, and of the Rescue Missions all will help get the homeless off the street, into Medicare, and into a program of sobriety - but only if the patient agrees to it. 311 is the number for all city services. The Senior Lead Officer is the best one for the first call. There is a lot of support out there, but the kind that works best is providing housing with no strings attached except to attend counseling. Health care, and housing are things we all need to survive.
Citizenla October 17, 2012 at 02:17 AM
I agree that the homeless in eagle rock are a HUGE problem! I no longer feel safe walking around my neighborhood. I had to call LAPD a few times because of the homeless issue. Once a homeless guy bathing in our front yard, second time because a crazy crack head women was around our property and left her bags WITH crack in them on our street, and again because that same crack lady was seizing out on York blvd, and again because they were squatting in this house next to a church on York and eagle rock blvd. I've always tried to be accepting of the homeless population, but it has become too big of a problem. And it is unsafe for our family. They need to leave!
K Ivan October 17, 2012 at 03:08 AM
I live on Mt Royal and on that corner are the same homeless faces. My mother doesn't feel safe walking the dog because of them because they're always getting drunk at the bus stop on that corner. One of them (possibly the one that got hospitalized as I have seen him with paramedics before) sleeps right in front of that Health Care facility door at night; and during the daytime I have seen him urinate or squat and defecate right in front of that place facing the street... Not even in the alley which is 10 feet away. There's one female that hangs out there that walks to the car wash across the street, to Tommy's, to Taco bell, to the people at the bus stop asking for change and money... then later on in the day, I'll see her walking back from One's Liquor store with beer for all of them to share. I try and be sympathetic or accepting or what have you of homeless people. But those people are the reason why I don't give a penny to the homless when asked. When I was in nursing school and my 5 or 6 AM routine was to get coffee at 7-11, one of them would be waiting inside the store for the clerk to unlock the fridge doors for the beer...


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