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Firefighters keep up with busy weekend

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Firefighters complete busy weekend

Responders were rushing to a call for help for a cardiac arrest when a second call came in moments later for a rear-end collision.

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Friday, the Brainerd Fire Department was one of the emergency responders being called to numerous scenes and some back-to-back.

It turns out the cardiac arrest call and the crash were somewhat related.

Earlier Friday, firefighters responded to two alarms — at 1:23 p.m. on Grand Oaks Drive and then 2:14 p.m. at the Brainerd Regional Human Services Center. Both alarms proved to be false. Then at 4:21 p.m. came the call for a crash on Business Highway 371 near St. Mathias Road. An ambulance had just been dispatched moments before for a cardiac arrest call at Brainerd Overhead Door Co. When a driver pulled over to let the ambulance pass, she was rear-ended by another vehicle.

North Memorial Air Care was called for the potential cardiac patient but was ultimately not needed at the scene. The fire department assisted North Memorial at the crash scene.

At 10:21 p.m., firefighters responded to an alarm at The Hubb on Laurel Street in Brainerd. It turned out to be a false alarm.

Saturday, at 8:45 a.m., the fire department assisted Brainerd Police Department with the recovery of a body from a vehicle at Walgreens on Washington Street.

At 11:20 p.m. Saturday, firefighters were called to a one-vehicle rollover at County Road 45 and 100th Street. The driver wasn’t injured but a window had to be cut out to get the driver out of the vehicle. The rollover was reported after the driver tried to avoid hitting a deer.

Sunday, the fire department received numerous calls for burning complaints. All-in-all, firefighters responded to 11 calls between Friday morning and Sunday afternoon.

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Denton (Denny) Newman Jr.
I've worked at the Brainerd Dispatch with various duties since Dec. 7, 1983. Starting off as an Ad Designer and currently Director of Audience Development. The Dispatch has been an interesting and challenging place to work. I'm fortunate to have made many friends, both co-workers and customers.
(218) 855-5889
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