Editorial: Case illustrates importance of first responders

Published 12:00 am Tuesday, August 5, 2003

The case of rural Freeborn County farmer Orville Johnson illustrates the importance of volunteer first responders. They can be the difference between life and death.

When Johnson was pinned under his tractor, a neighbor called 9-1-1 and first responders from Clarks Grove and Manchester were the first on the scene. They lifted the tractor off Johnson and started providing medical attention until an ambulance arrived.

First responders are key to the health of rural communities because they know their territories as well as anyone and are ready to respond at a moment’s notice. The appreciation of their neighbors and pride in making a difference is all these volunteers get for their efforts.

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Johnson will be forever grateful to those who may have saved his life. Many of us will never be in that position, but knowing Johnson’s story should make everyone appreciative that there are volunteers who are ready to jump into action whenever needed to help others.