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We’re lucky to have such great firefigthers

Recently, I was very unlucky to have a tree I was cutting down fall on me. The tree relocated my right foot breaking bone on one side and pulling ligaments on the other side.

My wife was reluctant to transport me to the hospital fearful of  making the injury worse. She called the fire station on Francisco Drive. Soon a team of about five or six young men arrived at the house. They came in, assessed the injury, asked me questions, started an IV, put on a temporary splint, lifted me upon a gurney and took me to the nearest hospital. I told the fireman riding in the ambulance I had never ridden in an ambulance before. He said we will make it as pleasant as possible including slowing down for bumps in the road.

The doctor on duty at Mercy Folsom said it was good the firemen brought me there because my foot was turning blue because of lack of blood flow. He quickly reduced the break and blood started flowing again. I just learned a new word. Reduction refers to putting the ankle back in place, not a fun experience without medication.

I would like to publicly thank the great team that assisted me and my wife in our hour of need. I can not say enough good things about this fine group of  men. They all were courteous, competent and very caring during the entire ordeal. Bryon or Brian, Gino and Chris really went above and beyond the call of duty. The next day these three came by the house to finish the job I had started.

We are fortunate to have such dedicated professionals to call upon during an emergency.

Very grateful,
Cliff Highley
El Dorado Hills

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