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Continued: Retirements shrinking ranks of Minn.'s rural medical responders

  • Article by: PAM LOUWAGIE , Star Tribune
  • Last update: February 17, 2014 - 11:27 PM

Dessellier, 57, has been on the ambulance squad for 37 years. He’s hoping to retire soon.


Pam Louwagie • 612-673-7102


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  • Jamie Sommers, 34, of Wanamingo, Minn., participated in an exercise with Brian Radke during an EMS training class last week.

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    • Most medical responders in rural Minnesota are volunteers; as many approach retirement, positions go unfilled.

    • Rural Minnesotans are predominately elderly; by 2020, at least 21 percent will be older than 65.

    • More emergency calls are coming from elderly people in need.

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