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Day After Vaccine Deadline, 170+ Seattle (WA) First Responders Off Duty; Most Seeking Exemptions

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SFD says it does not expect the staffing to hobble first-response efforts.
The photo shows the Star of Life.

Spokane (WA) Drops Requirement for Paramedics to Ride with Patients in AMR Ambulances

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Facing an increase in call volume and shortage of staff, the city of Spokane's ambulance service will now be allowed to give patients a ride without a paramedic on board.
A memorial flag is brought onto the stage during ceremonies to commemorate the 20th anniversary of the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks, Saturday, Sept. 11, 2021, at the National September 11 Memorial & Museum in New York.

Photos: 9/11 Remembrance Ceremonies

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The ceremony at ground zero in New York began exactly two decades after the deadliest act of terrorism on U.S. soil.
Retired Santa Clara firefighter Darrell Sales, right, and fellow cyclist Jeremy Provancher, left, stand beside the south pool holding an American flag after completing their "Bay to Brooklyn" bicycle ride at the National September 11 Memorial & Museum, Thursday, Sept. 9, 2021, in New York.

U.S. Marks 20 Years Since 9/11

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The 9/11 anniversary commemoration at ground zero began Saturday with a tolling bell and a moment of silence.
Cars are mangled after a pedestrian bridge collapsed on top of them.

Five Hurt When D.C. Pedestrian Bridge Collapses Over Highway

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A pedestrian bridge collapsed over a highway in the nation's capital on Wednesday, sending five people to the hospital.
Mount Rainier National Park

Hiker Dies in Fall Through Mount Rainier (WA) Snow Bridge

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Rangers and Mountain Rescue volunteers recovered the body of an person who fell through a snow bridge on Tuesday.

Stricken with COVID, Pneumonia, D.C. EMT Regrets Declining Vaccine

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He said he has damage to his lung and can't take a ride anywhere without taking oxygen with him because he struggles to breathe.
The side of a Medic One ambulance.

Thurston County (WA) Turns to Voters to Increase Funding for Medic One

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The system will start to see the impacts of a budget shortfall by 2022 if voters do not approve the increase, an official said.
U.S. Capitol Police officers stand near a car that crashed into a barrier on Capitol Hill in Washington, Friday, April 2, 2021.

Car Rams Capitol Barricade, Officer Killed

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A car rammed a barricade outside the U.S. Capitol on Friday afternoon, injuring two Capitol Police officers and leading to the driver being shot.
Handcuffs

WA Man Accused of Murder Faces Sanctions on EMT License

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Rigoberto Galvan, who is accused of shooting and killing a Western Washington University student in August 2019, has been charged with unprofessional conduct.