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Andy Skoogman, Director of Communications
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Doug Neville  651-201-7562
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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
March 18, 2010
SWIMMING STATE TROOPER, LAC QUI PARLE DEPUTY RESCUE FARMER STUCK IN FLOOD WATERS

ST. PAUL — A Minnesota State Patrol trooper, supported by a Lac Qui Parle deputy, used a raft to rescue a farmer stuck in his tractor in a flooded field near Madison, Minn., in southwest Minnesota today.

According to Lac Qui Parle County Sheriff Dallas Schellberg, the officers were notified of a farmer who had become stuck while driving his tractor in a flooded field. Trooper Kristopher Paluch
(Paul-ick), a first-year trooper, roped himself to an inflatable raft and waded into the water — which at points was above the trooper’s head. The trooper freed the farmer and guided the raft out of the flooded area as the deputy and responders from Madison Fire, Madison Ambulance and bystanders helped pull the two out.

The farmer, 86, was not injured but was taken to a local hospital as a precaution.

“The trooper put his life on the line to save this gentleman. We are proud of the combined response to this emergency,” says Schellberg.

Flood Fight emergency responders remind people in the impacted areas to be aware of the dangers with flooded areas as depths of water are difficult to determine and gauge.

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Editor’s Note: See attached photos of the tractor; also posted on the Minnesota State Patrol Facebook page (MnDPS_MSP-Minnesota State Patrol) — http://www.facebook.com/pages/Saint-Paul-MN/MnDPS_MSP-Minnesota-State-Patrol/159745283143

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