Former Snohomish County Firefighter commandeered ambulance to save Las Vegas shooting victims

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  • Published: 10/04/2017 12:00 AM

As a former firefighter and an EMT in Snohomish County, Scott Pettersen thought he'd seen nearly every kind of emergency. But Pettersen says nothing could have prepared him for the challenges he faced in a hail of gunfire in Las Vegas Sunday night. He was suddenly focused on getting his girlfriend and a family with small children away from the concert grounds to find a place where they could survive. "We had no idea there was one shooter and he was in a 32nd story window shooting down," he said. "We all thought shooters were everywhere." Desperate for shelter, they found a Las Vegas ambulance without a crew inside. "I ran to this aid car, and with my background, I know they're always unlocked," he said. "So I told the family with the kids to get in the back and I shut the side door. I opened the back doors, and the second I opened them, there was already four people wounded there, waiting."


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