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Kudos and kindness

Tahoe Daily Tribune Staff Reports

To the editor:

We want to express our appreciation to the community for their strong support of our recent home tour at Cascade Estates. To the homeowners who opened their homes and property, to all our local businesses who contributed and to our friends and neighbors who bought tickets, we thank you.

We treasure the opportunity we had to learn more about local history and to share it with our guests. Because of your support, we met our fund-raising goals and will continue to be able to send four middle school students to Stanford Science Camp and provide a scholarship to a graduate of Lake Tahoe Community College.

We tried some new ideas at this year’s home tour and we would appreciate any and all feedback about your experiences. Please feel free to contact us with your comments, opinions and suggestions at kmhende@charter.net or AAUW, P.O. Box 18523, South Lake Tahoe, 96151.

Kay Henderson, chair

AAUW Home Tour

NAMI thanks Youth Council

To the editor:

The National Alliance for the Mentally Ill wants to thank the South Tahoe Youth Council for inviting NAMI and the Day Treatment Mental Health Clients for the graduation and picnic that was held for the Prudential Youth Leadership Institute graduates.

There were 11 graduates and they shared their graduation exercise with Mental Health Clients with food, swimming, volleyball and other games. It was a day of sharing and good companionship and fun for all. Thanks again for including all of us.

National Alliance for the Mentally Ill

Thanks to rescue personnel

To the editor:

Feb. 25, 2004, started out as a bright and sunny morning at Echo Lake. Seven of us had spent the night after having the third memorial celebration for our dear friend Terry Brown, whose family owns a cabin at Echo Lake.

Three of us, Bob Schardt, Sam Livernios and I had decided that we’d ditch the cross country skis we’d used to ski in across the frozen lake and instead we’d just wear our boots and see how close we could climb to Flag Pole Peak. We’d been there several dozen times in the summer, but we’d never climbed it in the winter.

We all agreed that since we did not have climbing equipment, if any of us thought that it was too dangerous, we’d all turn back for the cabin. Yes, hindsight is 20/20 and we should have turned back sooner than we did, but we were so close to the top of the ridge when I lost my footing and started to slide. The slope was approximately 80 degrees so I quickly gained speed, and after flying off the first rock ledge I smashed into two trees in midair. I bounced off numerous more rocks and trees during my nearly 800-foot slide down the mountain. I don’t remember of any of slide, but I do remember sitting in the snow and watching rescuers hike up from the frozen Echo Lake to reach me and later hoisting me up the cable to the helicopter for a flight to Washoe Medical Center in Reno.

I’d like to thank CHP Helicopter H20, specifically Joe Hagerty (pilot) and Martin Martain (flight officer/paramedic.) They risked their lives to fly in the storm that came in and stayed longer than they should have so that I didn’t have to go out over a frozen lake in a basket dragged behind a snowmobile.

Thanks is also due to the El Dorado County Sheriff Search and Rescue Team, specifically, Mike Sukau (Search and Rescue coordinator,) Jim Marino (volunteer) and John Truesdell (volunteer.)

Finally, I’d like to thank the Lake Valley Protection District personnel, Jeff Michaels (fire captain,) Colin Hargrove (firefighter) and Robert Haen (firefighter/paramedic.)

With all my injuries, (severe head lacerations, broken wrists, nine broken ribs, punctured lung, broken right femur, T-1 spineous process fracture and fractured tailbone) I know that evaluating my injuries and getting me prompt medical attention was a priority. But, I was on the side of the mountain where a misstep could have sent my rescuers or me further down the mountain. In addition, it was starting to snow and helicopter couldn’t land, so I had to be raised in a basket.

All the rescue personnel were awesome and I wish that I could thank each one of them. I’m still recovering and I’m pretty much back to normal, except for some range of motion issues with my right leg.

Paul Frydendal

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