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Off a cliff

EDITOR:

On April 9, 2013 three friends joined me riding our Quads in the National Forest when our adventure suddenly turned into a rescue. One of our riders slipped off the trail and down a 70-foot cliff resulting in numbness to his fingers and legs.

I carry a SPOT (Satellite Personal Tracker) and as soon as we determined that help was needed we activated the 911 button. This notified all of the appropriate emergency agencies and gave our GPS location.

Pioneer Fire Engine 38 with Chief Gill, El Dorado County Fire Medic 19 with Engine 23, along with Forest Service utility 63 and Calstar 6 were the responding agencies.

These teams of emergency responders are to be commended for their professionalism and expertise during this situation. They did what needed to be done quickly and with efficiency. As I watched the rescue unfold I felt grateful that I live in their area of response.

As it turned out our friend broke his neck and required surgery. I can happily say he is doing fine thanks to the work of these professionals.

On behalf of me and my riding friends we say, ‘Thank you!”

FRANK SHOWERS
Grizzly Flat

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