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News Release
Firefighter Rescues Woman and Child in The McKenzie River (Photo) - 06/21/24

Springfield, OR.  Eugene Springfield Fire was called to a water rescue on the McKenzie River behind Riverbend Hospital.  At 2:23 PM on June 21st, a 11 year old caller called Central Lane 911 reporting they were trapped in the current and screaming for help.  CLCC dispatchers were able to determine where the call was coming from and quickly dispatch ESF crews to the correct location behind the hospital.  One of ESF’s water rescue team members was assigned to Medic 6 for the shift and they were clearing the hospital when the call came in.  Firefighter Corbari immediate donned his water rescue gear and ran to the river with his partner.  The crew was able to quickly locate a 27 year old female tangled up by ropes and branches in a strainer (a deadly collection of trees and branches in the current) and the 11 year old in the boat caught in the strainer.  The 27 year old was not wearing a life vest, but the 11 year old was.  FF Corbari recognized the life threatening situation and jumped in to action risking his own safety to cut the female free and guiding both to safety awaiting ESF water rescue boats to transport everyone to Armitage Landing. Firefighter Corbari is one of our newest water rescue members, completing his specialty training a little over 1 month ago. (Photo credit, Chris Piestch RG) 

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