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Heart Attack Victim Rescued in Flood

Release Date: 
April 22, 2011

Fargo, N.D. -U.S. Customs and Border Protection and the Cass County sheriff's office help rescue a West Fargo man after a possible heart attack. The joint team was needed to get the patient out on an All-Terrain Vehicle.

A Border Patrol agent drives his ATV through the flooded streets of West Fargo, N.D. with a heart attack victim on the back.

A Border Patrol agent drives his ATV through the flooded streets of West Fargo, N.D. with a heart attack victim on the back.

At approximately 6 p.m. on April 22, a call came into the Tactical Operations Center in West Fargo from the Fargo-Moorhead Ambulance saying assistance was needed to evacuate a gentleman who may have had a heart attack.

Within one minute of the call, a joint CBP and Cass County sheriff ATV team was dispatched to the scene to assist with getting the victim out. Cass County Deputy Greg Dawkins, who is assigned to the ATV team, was able to navigate the team to the residence to help assist the paramedics on scene.

"From the time we got the call to the time we had our ATV's off the trailer and down the road was less than 7 minutes," said Supervisory Border Patrol Agent Jeff Cheney. "This is another great example of how CBP is assisting the Cass County Sheriff's office to help the people of North Dakota."

Once on the scene, two Border Patrol agents were able to get their ATVs through the flooded streets and assist the paramedics on 16th Avenue NW. To get the victim out they had to lay the patient on the back of a CBP ATV and walk alongside the ATV while holding the victim to safely cross the flooded streets to an awaiting ambulance.

The patient was transported to the hospital where his condition is unknown.

Last modified: 
February 9, 2017