Vail Daily letter: Ski patrol saves life |

Vail Daily letter: Ski patrol saves life

Greg Gilman
Vail, CO, Colorado

I am writing to recognize the great work the Vail Ski Patrol did saving a life in an event that I witnessed on Feb. 22.

A skier had been found face down and unconscious in the Back Bowls.

Patrol supervisor Mongo Reeder was the first responder, arriving as he described it “without making a turn.”

Within a remarkably short time there were 16 patrolmen involved in the rescue.

The victim was having difficulty

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It was determined that he was in a diabetic coma. A paramedic set up a dextrose IV and the skier revived within minutes. He was taken to the hospital and released later that day.

A slower or less skillful response would have almost certainly resulted in a tragic outcome.

The dedication and professionalism of the ski patrol is something that we take for granted most days, but not today. Thank you, Vail Ski Patrol, for making skiing safer for all of us.

Greg Gilman

Port Jervis, N.Y.

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