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iPad Makes Its First Rescue

iPad Leads Rescuers to Man Buried in Snow Drift

GUTHRIE, OKLAHOMA, FIREFIGHTERS WERE ABLE TO SAVE an elderly man who had fallen into a snow drift Thursday thanks to the fire chief’s iPad tablet.

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The 80-yr.-old man had fallen in a farm pasture and his care-giver was unable to get out to him.  She called 9-1-1 and an ambulance was dispatched.  But the rescue unit became stuck in the snow themselves and radioed back for help.  KOCO-TV continues the story:

Fire Chief Lester Branch headed out with his iPad and guided the ambulance crew through a map application.

Branch asked the ambulance team to find a particular road sign.  “From that point, we could give them exact directions and follow this trail,” he said.  The ambulance crews were able to find and rescue the elderly man.

“I think we all agree the use of the iPad was a huge tool in doing that,” said Branch.

Watch KOCO-TV’s video report on this quick-thinking solution that saved a life:


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