After rabies scare, Wind Lake Fire Department still dealing with medical bills

  • Source: The Journal Times
  • Published: 02/25/2020 12:00 AM

The Wind Lake Volunteer Fire Company incurred a large expense for medical bills in 2018 when emergency responders encountered what they thought may have been a victim with rabies. Two and half years later, they are nearing a final decision on how to pay those bills relating to rabies vaccines. Five Wind Lake emergency medical technicians were treated with a preventative vaccine. The final medical bills amounted to around $100,000 total, according to Wind Lake Fire Co. President Willy Ellertson. The collection agency conceded to reduce the fees, and West Bend Mutual Insurance will pick up half of the remaining balance, according to Ellertson. The Fire Company’s share is about $29,000 of the approximate $60,000 outstanding. The Norway Town Board discussed the rabies treatment costs at a special meeting on Feb. 17 at the Norway Municipal Building. No action was taken, just a formal update was provided.


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