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Fire department thanks citizen for help in snowstorm

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A man and his plow helped Hillsville firefighters and rescue workers reach patient through 2 feet of snow.

By Staff Reports

HILLSVILLE — When emergency responders fought knee-deep snow to reach a cardiac patient in Hillsville during last month’s winter storm, a citizen not only saved the day for paramedics and firefighters, but also might have saved the patient’s life.
Mike Musser, assistant chief of the Hillsville Fire Department, wrote to The Gazette last week to recognize Orba Semones for his assistance on the call.
He said firefighters “had an occasion to witness something quite extraordinary” in Semones’ kindness.


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