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Firefighters rescue teen boys who fell through ice


January 11, 2017

Firefighter and paramedic Dave Erickson of Snohomish County Fire District 1 collects his gear after crawling onto an ice-covered Lake Serene to rescue a boy who fell in Jan. 4.

A 15-year-old boy who spent more than 20 minutes in an ice-covered Lake Serene Jan. 4 survived thanks to a quick response by Snohomish County Fire District 1 crews.

“Our response time was just a few minutes,” said firefighter and paramedic Dave Erickson, who crawled onto the ice to reach the boy and return him to shore after responding from Fire Station 23, located across a street from the lake. “The minutes we saved due to our proximity definitely made it possible to save the victim’s life. Being submerged in water, you lose body heat 25 times faster than in the air.”

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