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Letter: We need a fully equipped ambulance service

A collision on Highway 82, an incident at the airport, an individual's fall in the shower, stroke, allergic reaction or a heart attack — some of the many scenarios in which we expect the rapid response of a highly trained, fully equipped ambulance service.

Always on call, the Aspen Ambulance District staff is there for our community, our kids, seniors, workers and visitors 24/7, 365 days a year — the service you never want to use but the one you expect to be the best possible when you do.

As you vote in November, please vote "yes" on Ballot Measure 1A to increase the funding for the Aspen Ambulance District, the only increase the district has ever asked for in its 32-year history. Rising costs for advanced medical equipment, vehicles and fuel, and an inadequate garage/office/sleeping facility, have made the budget going forward unsustainable despite vigorous management, cost-cutting and efficiency improvements.

Covering a 161-square-mile region, and offering mutual-aid assistance to other districts when requested, this vital service agency is there to offer stand-up support at school athletic events and special events like the X Games throughout the year. They transport patients from Aspen Valley Hospital to other hospitals when needed, help with flu-shot clinics and wellness fairs, promote injury prevention with kids' bike- and ski-helmet giveaways and teach CPR classes.

In school as a child, I was taught to say a prayer whenever an ambulance drove by, and I still do. Voting "yes" on 1A, to me, is following through on the other lesson I was taught: God helps those who help themselves. Aspen Ambulance is a critical partner in our local network of skilled life-safety providers and deserves your "yes" vote on Question 1A when you send in your mail-in ballot.

Thanks for your time and consideration.

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Rachel E. Richards

Aspen