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January 26, 1998


There will always be life threatening emergencies

  I am writing in support of the Medic One vote of Feb. 3. I have been a volunteer firefighter/EMT with Duvall-KCFPD 45 for the past 15 years. During that time I have provided, along with various others, Advanced Life Support (ALS) services to the district. Our services were necessary because our access to ALS paramedics was limited by distance and availability.
   Part of the EMS funds the voters have supplied in the past were used to add another EMT/Paramedic unit to our area so that the citizens of our district had more rapid access to high quality life saving care when neither I nor my colleagues were available, and were a backup to us when we were. I have lost track of the number of lives that have been saved because of the medics. It is unconscionable that they may not be able to provide their invaluable services because of a few cents of tax money.
   There unfortunately will always be emergencies. There will always be innocent people in danger of losing life and limb There will ALWAYS be a need for Emergency Medical Services and particularly the life saving medics. I fervently hope that all of those reading this will never need ALS services, but more importantly I hope that when they do there will still be medics around. Ask yourself how much your life and the life of your loved ones is worth, and I can promise you that the tiny amount it takes to keep this program alive is negligible. There are many things we can do to save money in our daily lives, but this is not one of them. Please vote YES on Feb. 3.
   Ted Ritter ARNP/EMT-d
   Battalion Chief Duvall-King County
   Fire Protection District 45