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Eagle Fire demonstrates new extrication tool purchased in memory of 16-year-old

The family of a 16-year-old Eagle girl who died after a crash in December asked that donations be given to the Eagle Fire Department. On Monday morning, firefighters demonstrated the value of a new extrication tool they were able to purchase with those donations.

Shauna Hill died about a week after a car crash Dec. 10. on Idaho 16 at Floating Feather. She was on her way home from an orchestra concert; a boy who was with her was also seriously injured in the crash.

“I appreciate all the first responders, the paramedics and police department,” Shauna Hill’s father, Edward told a group of about 40

Shauna Hill

SHAUNA HILL

Edward Hill recently retired after serving 28 years as a Navy pilot. He said as a commander, he understood the importance of having the “right piece of gear to win.”

“There are no re-dos or re-attacks,” he said.

Edward Hill is working to get a light signal at the corner of Idaho 16 and Floating Feather Road. Read more about his efforts in this article on parents who have become traffic safety advocates after losing a child in a crash.

Eagle Fire Chief Mike Winkle said about $4,000 in donations helped the department buy the $5,500 extrication tool. Winkle said the tool is needed at significant crashes about once a month.

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Here’s a photo of the extrication tool that the fire department purchased.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Video of firefighters demonstrating extrication

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Eagle Fire Chief Mike Winkle said firefighters aim to remove crash victims within 10 minutes. On Monday, they had cut through the windshield, removed the roof, door and dashboard within 4 minutes.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Here’s what the vehicle looked like when firefighters had removed the roof, windshield, doors and dashboard.

 

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