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MedCorp workers plan lawsuit over sudden shutdown

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Some of the workers left jobless by the sudden shutdown of MedCorp say they plan to file a lawsuit against the company for failing to give them notice.

The workers were left Friday night without 60 day WARN Act notice and still no explanation.

 "I was out with my family, we were at Disney on Ice when I got the phone call," says Branden Engle, a Sylvania Township father of two who worked at MedCorp for seven years as an EMT and dispatcher.

 Monday he was allowed inside the gates to pick up his personal belongings.

 "We figured something was going to happen because they've slowly let some of our higher management go, it was just a matter of when," says Engle.

 It's not just the workers who had no idea MedCorp would suddenly close.  The state and county were in the dark, too.

 Dennis Cole, the Director of Lucas County Emergency Services, says the county had an open contract with MedCorp to help back up its emergency transport system for 9-1-1 calls.

 Cole says a MedCorp official called dispatch Friday night saying it will no longer provide service to the county.

 Cole says MedCorp has done 86 calls for the county this year.

 Cole says, "It's not a huge impact, but my concern is MedCorp has contracts with other facilities, such as nursing homes.  It is less resources for the county to call upon if needed."

 At MedCorp headquarters off of Stickney, the vehicles remain locked up and management is not talking.

 MedCorp was founded in Toledo 25 years ago and filed for bankruptcy protection in 2011.  At that time the company had 200 employees.  A federal judge approved its sale to a private equity firm.

MedCorp's sister companies in several states under parent company First Med EMS have also suddenly shut down impacting thousands of people.  13abc has been unable to reach First Med for comment.

 Engle has filed for unemployment.  His wife plans to return to work early from maternity leave.

 "I'm going to make it because that's just the type of person I am. I'm fortunate to have another income in the family. But for my employees I feel for the most that are sole providers for their families," says Engle.

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