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By Guest Editorial Dave Lapof
Operations Manager, Klicitat County EMS District 1 

'Triage 1': EMS District 1 is neighbors helping neighbors


November 15, 2017

On a fateful day in 1926, tragedy struck a four-year-old girl, an accidental shotgun blast to the lower leg. The mother heard the shotgun go off and her children screaming and recognized the need to act quickly. She whisked her child into the house to control the bleeding, while sending her son on horseback to the closest neighbor, over two miles away. The neighbor mounted the boy’s horse and raced back toward the emergency, leaving the boy to walk home.

When the neighbor arrived, he helped break into a shed and used an auto to transport her down from the Panikanik area into White Salmon. For many hours the girl endured excruciating pain and blood loss. At that time, no hospital existed...

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