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Two KHS first responders cited for bravery in recent blizzard


May 3, 2018

Kimball Health Services awarded hardworking, life-saving first responder and paramedic for their spirit of service. Pictured above, from left, Kimball Health Services CEO Ken Hunter, first responder Earl "Spud" Rowley, paramedic Patrick Currie and Richard Harriger, KHS emergency room director and chief nursing officer

A late-season blizzard that closed Interstate 80 and U.S. Highway 30, cutting off travel in and out of Kimball, wasn't enough to dampen the spirit of service by two Kimball Health Services staff.

KHS first responder Earl "Spud" Rowley and paramedic Patrick Currie received letters of commendation Monday from CEO Ken Hunter for braving low visibility and high winds to transfer a patient to Cheyenne who needed immediate surgery. The patient, Hunter said, had reported to the KHS emergency room April 13 with a life threatening condition. With special clearance from the Nebraska State Patrol...

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