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Don’t Call 9-1-1

Not long after, a helicopter plucked me from the wilderness . . .

Not long after, a helicopter plucked me from the wilderness . . .

Quick! Call 9-1-1.

  • Heart attack.
  • Car accident.
  • Criminal activity.
  • A lost child.
  • House on fire.
  • Hiker with broken bones.

Put my name by the last one. I busted my leg on a backpack in the 1980s. Several in my group returned to the trailhead—a six-mile slog—and found a phone. They called 9-1-1. Not long after, a helicopter plucked me from the wilderness and flew me to a hospital in Lake Tahoe.

If something bad happens, punch in 9-1-1.

Except if you’re a hospice caregiver or patient: please don’t use those three life-saving numbers. Read More →

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