Unusual Rescues: Tales from Rural Southern Idaho First Responders

  • Source: Big Country News Connection
  • Published: 11/20/2023 12:00 AM

Assisting during animal rescues. Freeing hands caught in copy machines. Releasing children who have gotten their heads stuck between staircase spindles. These calls give variety to the life of a first responder in rural southern Idaho. “That’s the fun part of this job,” said Jerome Police Chief Duane Rubink. “It’s different every day and you have so much variety.” Les Kenworthy, chief of the Twin Falls Fire Department, has dozens of stories, many of them humorous, of out-of-the-ordinary calls he’s handled over his 45-year career in firefighting. “I could go on and on,” Kenworthy said, relating a few of his tales to the Times-News. First responders don’t always have the resources to help during every one of life’s little emergencies, but they do what they can. One such call came a week ago to the Jerome Police Department.


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