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BACKUS FIRE DEPARTMENT

First responders say stroke victim would have died if teen did not find him.
The Backus fire chief spoke at length about the airport's use for medical helicopters.
Jeffrey Wertish, Robert Nelson and Lenny Steffen died in the crash.
“This is more than just a building, it’s your livelihood when you own it,” Kade Vershey said Wednesday of his dealership — Kimber Creek Ford situated along Highway 371 in Pine River. “Someone tells you it’s on fire and off you go."

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Annual fly-in breakfast raises funds for emergency services.
Donation is part of Country Financial's Helping Heroes promotion
Event is 8 a.m. at the airport
Deputies and responders arrived on scene and learned the dirt bike struck rocks in the trail causing the machine to crash and the operator fell from the machine onto the rocks.
Fire destroys his home
Volunteers from fire department finish major repairs ahead of cold snap

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Fire crew returned next day to repair building.
Firefighters from Backus, Pine River and Hackensack were on scene.
Driver was making a left hand turn to go across Highway 371, when the truck struck a Buick, causing both vehicles to come to a rest in the northbound lane area.

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