Archive for Wednesday, March 31, 2004

Firefighters called on for rescue operation

March 31, 2004

Ambulance workers from Douglas County on Saturday called on Reno Township firefighters for help rescuing a man from Mud Creek in extreme southwestern Leavenworth County.

According to Richard Ogden, Reno fire chief, the man had been looking for wild mushrooms with another man and a woman late Saturday afternoon when the man lost his balance, slipped on large rocks along the bank and fell into the creek.

The man broke a leg and complained of a dislocated shoulder, Ogden said.

Originally, ambulance workers from Douglas County were called to the scene, but they had trouble finding the man. Once they did, they realized they needed help to carry the man up the rocks along the steep bank.

"It took about eight of us to get him out of there," Ogden said.

Ogden said the man was in about six inches of water for at least 45 minutes.

"It's a good thing there wasn't too much water in there or he would have drowned," Ogden said. "That was really something. It's amazing the predicaments some people can get into."

The man, whom ambulance workers would not identify because of privacy laws, was taken by ambulance to Lawrence Memorial Hospital for treatment, according to Mark Bradford, deputy chief of Lawrence-Douglas County Fire and Medical.

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