The collision left the ambulance on its roof.
Paramedic Armando Lazaro, 33, and Kern County firefighter Adam Bickford, 32, were inside, also upside down, hanging by their seatbelts.
After their Hall Ambulance paramedic supervisor's Suburban had stopped rolling, they were aware of broken glass and crumpled metal from three wrecked vehicles, and the sound of motorists along Highway 119 stopping and shouting. It was about 9:30 p.m. Nov. 15.
For what happened next, the two Wednesday received awards for heroism and bravery at a morning ceremony outside Hall Ambulance Service, Inc. on O Street.
Mayor Harvey Hall gave Bickford an award for exhibiting courage and bravery to assist others, regardless of his own injuries.
HAPPY FEET, HAPPY FACES: Tears welled up in the eyes of the Greenfield Union School District superintendent when he talked about a seventh-grader he helped Wednesday morning at a south Payless ShoeSource.
Kern County children ages 5 and younger are twice as likely as their statewide peers to be victims of abuse and neglect, according to a new report.
Bakersfield Congressman Kevin McCarthy just returned from leading a congressional delegation to the Middle East, including Iraq, to learn more about the fight against ISIL and other regional threats, his office announced Wednesday.
Though most of us no doubt would be considered human-kindness slackers by contrast, Stephen Ariey feels a little guilty about his commitment to helping the poor: He does it only at Christmas -- but every Christmas and for 13 of his 25 years.
The story sounds like one of those classic animated Christmas specials -- a bunch of once-beloved toys are discarded and then, after hardship and tough times, find a new home and once again are loved by all.
Blanca Cavazos, superintendent of the Taft Union High School District, said in a statement Wednesday she was "disappointed" by Tuesday's mistrial in the Kern County Superior Court trial of school shooter Bryan Oliver.
On Tuesday afternoon after Judge John W. Lua declared a mistrial in the Bryan Oliver case, Californian columnist Lois Henry thought about the conversations she'd been having with other staff.
The term is over, finals are graded, it's dark in the Bakersfield College parking lot, but a light is shining in one of the classrooms. The BC Chamber Singers are warming up for another gig, still polishing their tone and perfecting the phrases. They all started practicing before the semester started and they'll be singing Christmas carols for another two weeks.
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A white male was found dead hanging from a tree Wednesday morning at Jastro Park.