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    WOW!!!

    Firefighter rescues woman after SUV goes over bridge
    Nick Martin, Winnipeg Free Press
    Published: Tuesday, February 05, 2008

    WINNIPEG - An off-duty Winnipeg firefighter is being hailed a hero after he rescued a woman from an SUV that crashed over the side of a bridge on the North Perimeter Highway Tuesday morning.

    Around 7:30 a.m. local time, a white 2002 Jeep Liberty plummeted about 15 metres from the north side of the bridge to the frozen Red River and landed onto its roof, cracking the ice.

    Dale Kasper, who was driving behind the SUV, ran from the top of the bridge and onto the frozen river, smashed open a window, cut the unconscious woman's seatbelt, and pulled her from the SUV. He then performed CPR until paramedics arrived.


    "He dragged her out through the window," said Ray Riddolls, a fire department chief, adding that the 23-year-old woman was rushed to hospital in critical condition. She was the only person in the car. Her name is not being released by the RCMP.

    Kasper said that as the woman's SUV approached the bridge, it appeared to get ready to pass another vehicle. Although the SUV_did not look to be speeding, it suddenly ended up at a right angle, and shot up the ramp of snow piled along the side of the bridge and went up on the guard rail.

    "(It) teetered for a moment and then went over," he said.

    While calling 911, Kasper, a volunteer with the East St. Paul Fire Department, ran through heavy commuter traffic, down the riverbank and onto the ice.

    "I found a stick, and used the stick to break the window," said Kasper, who then kicked out the rest of the glass. The woman was unconscious, but her air bag had not deployed. Kasper loosened the woman's seatbelt and dragged her out the window.

    He said the woman's head was likely submerged in the frigid water for about five minutes.

    Kasper applied CPR as the woman lay on the ice until "she started breathing on her own." He later said he was not concerned for his own safety, and was not conscious of the cold until the woman had been taken away in an ambulance.

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    WOW! Nice!!


    Talk about having your guardian angel travelling with you!!
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    Wow. Good work!
    Just a peon proby in the greatest job in the world; grinning ear to ear.

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    Tight work brother!
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    Bravo...Bravo I say.

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    Great job!
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    A tip of a frost encrusted leather and an ice cold Molson (or steaming cup of Timmy Ho's ) to Firefighter Dale Kasper!
    ‎"The education of a firefighter and the continued education of a firefighter is what makes "real" firefighters. Continuous skill development is the core of progressive firefighting. We learn by doing and doing it again and again, both on the training ground and the fireground."
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    good job.nice!
    "sauver ou périr"

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    This article was the first one I saw when I arrived here in Winnipeg. Great grab.
    If someone with multiple personalities threatens to kill himself, is it considered a hostage situation?

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    Quote Originally Posted by ndvfdff33 View Post
    This article was the first one I saw when I arrived here in Winnipeg. Great grab.
    Now what the heck would you be want'n ta go to Winter-Peg for? D
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    Quote Originally Posted by MalahatTwo7 View Post
    Now what the heck would you be want'n ta go to Winter-Peg for? D
    Posted here. I get to go in tommorow and help out with an Airbus. Forcast is somthing along the lines of -44 with the windchill. Gonna be chilly out on the tarmac. BRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRR
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    ummmmm. OK then. Was I dreaming or didn't you just recently say that you would prefer NOT to get posted to Victoria?????!!!!!!!!

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    Quote Originally Posted by RspctFrmCalgary View Post
    ummmmm. OK then. Was I dreaming or didn't you just recently say that you would prefer NOT to get posted to Victoria?????!!!!!!!!

    SUCKER!
    Yeah yeah yeah. Although the weather is much nicer in BC I would also be around the Navy and well...yeah, no thanks. At least here I'm around the Air Force which is a little better. I'll deal with the cold I think.
    If someone with multiple personalities threatens to kill himself, is it considered a hostage situation?

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    ndvfdff33

    Comox is an air force base. However if you move to Vancouver Island please don't tell everyone back East how nice it is out here. Once one of you move out here usually your whole family is here in a week.

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    Quote Originally Posted by firedog21 View Post
    ndvfdff33

    Comox is an air force base. However if you move to Vancouver Island please don't tell everyone back East how nice it is out here. Once one of you move out here usually your whole family is here in a week.

    Cheers Firedog21
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    I forgot about Comox. Wasn't one of my options for posting though. Good lord I couldn't even imagine my whole family out there. They would have to build new high rises just to house all of them.
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