Wednesday, April 23, 2014
PLACERVILLE, CALIFORNIA
99 CENTS

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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Discussion | 8 comments

  • Dink LaneMay 24, 2013 - 3:44 pm

    I would like to thank all of our 1st responders for their courageous work. They are the REASON I pay my taxes...... Not, to give the CAO, the Auditor or the DA and his double-dipping paychecks that amount to OVER a 1/2 a million $$$ a year.......

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  • Ken SteersMay 24, 2013 - 4:24 pm

    Great story and gland you made it Frank. I just can't get past that fact of what a freaking moron Dink is...

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  • cookie65May 24, 2013 - 8:31 pm

    That is quit a fall on a quad, glad the injuries weren't any worse. On an adventure with some family my cousin went off the side of a mountain on a quad. The manzanita was broke off 6ft above the ground 300ft below where he left the trail from the quad cartwheeling to the bottom. He broke his arm, we made him walk out. Ken, comparing dink to morons isn't fair to the morons.

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  • francescaduchamp@att.netMay 24, 2013 - 8:57 pm

    lolololol cookie...well early night for me--good night...I love watching you people debate. I hope everyone has an excellent evening...Im just tired...doctor is working on it.

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  • Ken SteersMay 25, 2013 - 7:36 am

    Franseca, please take care and get well soon. My riding buddies are wanting to go dirt bike riding soon. I haven't ridden since a nasty spill at Mace Mill. I went out to work on the bikes and the last time I put a sticker on was '06. Wow time flies! And I'm not going riding...

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  • cookie65May 25, 2013 - 7:51 am

    Francesca, make them check your thyroid.

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  • francescaduchamp@att.netMay 25, 2013 - 8:00 am

    they have cookie--it is one of the meds they have upped....thanks...they will work on the blood pressure in two months--and I have to go back to a neurologist for the numbing on my left side. It is all good--my mouth seems to be fine....thanks to Ken as well...just a bump in the road...well off to baseball---lolol..gotta love my grandson--he tries at the game...after three seasons--he just wants to hit that ball.

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  • JohnMay 29, 2013 - 6:45 pm

    I'm glad Mr. Showers and his pals made it. However, why were a bunch of old codgers behaving like teenagers? If I were a conservative I'd say that Mr. Showers and friends should not have relied on taxpayers' funded help to get themselves out of their self-made mess; they should have relied on some private entrepreneur to get them out. Did you say no such person exists? Too bad! Thus reasons the hard right...until it affects them.

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