July 18, 2024

OTTAWA — Kansas National Guard members became emergency medical personnel during this week’s blizzard. Eight members of the Ottawa National Guard unit, 250th Forward Support Company, were deployed with four Humvees to provide transportation for medical personnel in Anderson County beginning Tuesday during the blizzard, said Maj. Gen. Lee Tafanelli, Kansas Adjutant General.   The Humvees are capable of getting places that ordinary emergency vehicles would have difficulty in reaching, he said.  Anderson County was hard-hit by heavy snow and high winds and many rural roads and highways drifted shut, prompting Tuesday night’s Code Red warning to county residents from county emergency officials.  Elsewhere, Guard members helped ferry Cherokee County medical personnel through the nearly two feet of snow that fell in that county, Tafanelli said.
Wednesday, Feb. 2, 2 p.m.; updated Feb. 3, 9:30 p.m.

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