Whiskey Rock residents applauded

Print Article

Residents at Whiskey Rock Bay are being praised for their assistance in a medical evaluation on Jan. 1. (Photo courtesy BONNER COUNTY EMS)

SANDPOINT — Bonner County EMS is raising its glass to salute the residents of Lake Pend Oreille’s Whiskey Rock Bay.

Paramedics received an advanced life-support call following a traumatic injury at the remote waterfront outpost at 7 a.m. on New Year’s Day. The only way to access the residence was via boat.

Advanced EMT LeDon Sacksteder and Paramedic Chip Albright rendezvoused with sheriff’s marine patrol vessel at Garfield Bay so they could be taken across the lake to Whiskey Rock.

“When they arrived at Whiskey Rock, the size of the task soon became apparent. The only usable dock had a steep and narrow access and the patient’s house was on a steep hillside blanketed in deep snow that had not yet been cleared,” Bonner EMS spokesman Bob Abbott said in a news release.

While the EMS crew was assessing the patient and preparing for the person to be transported, a large group of neighbors took it upon themselves to shovel and blow snow, which created a path back to the dock.

“These fine folks also provided significant help to the crew in evacuating the patient from the residence down the steep, icy hill and over the narrow dock onto Marine 6,” Abbott said.

The patient was transferred to a crew from Timberlake Fire which transported the patient to the hospital. The total time of the call for the BCEMS crew approached four and a half hours.

“Getting to just about any patient has been hard enough after the recent storms,” said Bonner County EMS Chief Bob Bussey. “But gaining access to a residence like this, in such a remote location, is something else entirely.”

“It’s not an understatement to say that were it not for the spontaneous and heroic assistance of everyone in Whiskey Rock neighborhood, the successful treatment and evacuation of this patient would have been orders of magnitude more difficult, if not impossible,” Bussey continued. “We would like to send out a huge thank you to everyone who stepped up to help a neighbor and to the BCSO Marine Division for providing expert and safe transport across the lake in difficult conditions.”

Keith Kinnaird can be reached by email at kkinnaird@bonnercountydailybee.com and follow him on Twitter @KeithDailyBee.

Print Article

Read More Local News

‘Tots’ total beginning to add up

December 14, 2018 at 5:00 am | Bonner County Daily Bee SANDPOINT — You may have seen the story going around Facebook. A young mom was flying from Orlando to Philadelphia with her 11-month-old daughter, who suffers from chronic lung disease, to the Child...


Read More

Oh deer! Collisions help the hungry

December 14, 2018 at 5:00 am | Bonner County Daily Bee SANDPOINT — Deer hit their rutting season in November, which is also why more deer are hit by vehicles that month. To bring awareness to that statistic, as well as help out the community, Northwest ...


Read More

Speaker calls on area’s students to be ‘do-ers’

December 14, 2018 at 5:00 am | Bonner County Daily Bee SANDPOINT — It is not easy to hold the attention of hundreds of high school students for an hour, but motivational speaker Mike Smith knows how to do just that. Maybe it was his long hair, beanie h...


Read More

Shift is underway in BC EMS

December 14, 2018 at 5:00 am | Bonner County Daily Bee SANDPOINT — Bonner County is in the process of restructuring its emergency medical service apparatus. The county, which was operated Bonner County EMS for the past 15 years, is migrating toward turn...


Read More

Contact Us

(208) 263-9534
PO Box 159
Sandpoint, ID 83864

©2018 Bonner County Daily Bee Terms of Use Privacy Policy