In the arms of Ambulance Angels

April 10, 2015 by Deena
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By Caitlyn Mahlum, Staff Writer for the Advocate-Tribune

Last year, Chad Borka had a run in with some real-life angels. This year, he had the chance to thank them in person.

After suffering a crash between his FedEx delivery truck and a BNSF freight train, Borka, of Atwater, was rescued by the Granite Falls Ambulance Crew. Thanks to the efforts of the Granite Falls crew, he was later airlifted to the Hennepin County Medical Center in Minneapolis. “Doctors down in the cities commended you guys for saving my life. If it wasn’t for you guys, I wouldn’t have made it,” remarked Borka.

That is exactly why Chad and Lisa Borka decided to meet with the Granite Falls Ambulance Crew on March 20. “Today was about thanking them,” said Lisa. The meeting was filled with teary eyes as Chad Borka got to meet those who saved his life. “I cried and I don’t cry,” he admitted.

The ER doctor stated in his record that “the ambulance crew needs to be commended because they went  above and beyond,” according to Lisa Borka. The Granite Falls Ambulance Crew rose to the call when they were needed. They exceeded expectations with their life-saving work. “For a small town like this, you wouldn’t expect this. You’d expect this in a metropolitan area,” explained Chad Borka.

“I died three times. If it wasn’t for the crew I would have never made it,” stated Chad.

The Borkas were able to finally pour their thanks and gratitude on Granite Falls’ own crew of ‘angels.’ This meeting gave the Borkas closure. Chad is currently on the path to recovery, a path that he would have never been able journey on without the skills of the Granite Falls crew.

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Alisha Handeland, RN; Patti Anderson, LPN; Leslie Niest, EMT-B; Chad and Lisa Borka; David Evenson, EMT-B; Laura Oftedahl, EMT-P, RN; Sam Canatsey, EMT-B

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