Firefighters help grant last wish to hospice patient

Courtesy: Evergreen Hospice Volunteers Facebook page
Courtesy: Evergreen Hospice Volunteers Facebook page

(WALA) – Washington state firefighters in Snohomish County recently helped grant a last wish of a hospice patient.

According to the Evergreen Hospice Volunteers Facebook page, Ed had not been outside in several years as a result of his illness and the difficulty in transporting him. His wish was to go outdoors.

Ed had been a forest ranger and at that time, according to him, he had lived for the outdoors.

When Chaplain Curt Huber learned of Ed’s wish, he brought it to the attention of the Hospice team. A member suggested getting in touch with a local fire department that may agree with transporting Ed.

Huber contacted the Snohomish County Fire District, whose staff was happy to help.

The Facebook page said in March, Curt and the RN Case Manager, Leigh Gardner, accompanied Ed and several members of the Snohomish County Fire District on an outing to Meadowdale Beach Park in Edmonds. Ed was picked up and transported in the EMS vehicle; other members of the fire department traveled in a fire truck.

Together, the group took Ed up and down the trails, bringing him the scents of the forest by touching the fragrant growth and bringing their hands close to Ed’s face. Ed was delighted. So were all the professionals who accompanied him.

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