WASHINGTON — A Washington man who was billed after his father died while waiting for an ambulance says he has gathered more than 170,000 signatures online protesting the charge.

Durand Ford Jr. says he plans to present the signatures at a hearing Thursday looking into ambulance response times.

Ford has said his father went into cardiac arrest early New Year’s Day and an ambulance was eventually sent from neighboring Oxon Hill, which is seven miles away.

The case is one of a number that has fueled debate about whether the fire department has adequate resources to handle the call volume in the growing city. A seriously injured police officer also had to wait for an ambulance from Prince George’s County.

Ford says he was billed $780 for the ambulance service.

Related: D.C. Fire Chief Apologizes For Ambulance Failures

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