Southwest Ambulance leaves Utah; dozens out of work

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SALT LAKE CITY -- More than 60 people are out of a job just five days before Christmas.

Southwest Ambulance laid off all 62 of its Utah employees. The company's president made the announcement several weeks ago.

Most are nervous about the future and sad to leave their jobs.

"It's kind of somber. It's kind of sad," said Dave Bogenrief, an EMT. "I mean, everybody's going to be parting ways. You make a lot of friends."

According to the Salt Lake Tribune, the company is leaving Utah because it feels like it's being forced out by what it calls Gold Cross Ambulance's monopoly of the market.

Southwest had been operating in Utah since 2006.

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