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By Jana Mathia
Whitman County Gazette 

WSP vehicle saves citizen after being burned


September 17, 2020

PINE CITY—A Washington State Patrol vehicle that was claimed by the fires near Pine City is being credited with saving the life of an evacuee.

The 2020 Ford Explorer ended up in the ditch to be claimed by the fire while the trooper driving it was making sure people were evacuating. According to WSP Sgt. Courtney Shawley, Trooper Rob Taylor lives in the area and was evacuating his family. He was stopping to check on neighbors to assure they were evacuating in the process. The fire was moving rapidly at the time and the area was covered in thick smoke. Although traveling at a very slow rat...

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