2018-02-15 / Letters

Emergency services overcome spotty cell phone for rescue

To the editor:

On Jan. 16 I was cross country skiing in the Palmer Woods and Miller Hill area when I fell going down a steep hill and broke my leg. I was skiing by myself on a beautiful, sunny, 18-degree day. I suddenly was in a very serious situation.

I did have my cell phone with me, however after dialing 911 several times I was not able to maintain a strong enough signal to connect to the Leelanau Sheriff’s dispatcher. In the meantime I had been sitting in the snow shivering with hypothermia for about 2 hours, periodically yelling for help, to no avail. Fortunately, the dispatcher had picked up enough information despite the spotty reception to locate exactly where I was. A National Park Service ranger showed up first on skis and placed a heavy down jacket on me to fend off the cold and then an ATV rescue vehicle from The Glen Arbor Fire and Rescue team splinted my leg and transported me to the ambulance that was parked about 2 miles away at the nearest plowed road.

I would like to thank all of the Leelanau County Emergency team and the National Park service for basically saving my life. You all were so very caring and kind, not to mention your highly professional and skillful response to my situation.

I also want to express my gratitude to all my friends in our generous and supportive community. They have helped us keep our bills paid and take care of our daily chores that I have not been able to do since the accident.

Many thanks and blessings to all of you.

Patrick Curley
Birch Point Rd.
Traverse City

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Good letter to editor. Cell

Good letter to editor. Cell service in Leelanau County not good.