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"Traveling Interstate 90 is a beautiful evergreen experience. However, on this most dangerous stretch of the state’s major east-west corridor... the medical response capacity is limited."

Sid Morrison, WA State Secretary of Transportation 1993-2001

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Zackary Lystedt et al
LIFE SUPPORT AWARD 2014 recipient Zackery Lystedt addresses the event guests on Saturday, July 12 at Swiftwater Cellars. Zack’s parents - father, Victor, who held Zack’s speech, and his mother, Mercedes – stood by his sides as he spoke. Life Support House Speaker Frank Chopp (back, left) joined Life Support President Cheri Marusa (at left). Chopp was WA State Speaker of the House in 2009 when the Lystedt Law was passed. N.K.C. TRIBUNE/Johanna Dalton photo - 2014

by Johanna Dalton

CLE ELUM - Sweet strains of gospel music floated across the warm evening air during the annual Life Support Dinner and Auction, Saturday, July 12. Very fitting for the organization supporting whom some would call the angels of the Upper County – the area’s firefighters and emergency services providers.

Following a huge silent auction inside Suncadia’s Swiftwater Cellars, 275 guests packed a white tent outside for dinner and the evening’s program: the presentation of the annual Life Support Award and a live auction.

The official Life Support auction guests were joined in the buffet line by a contingent of local firefighters, who would later cheer on bidders during the live auction....


We must be prepared when…

… a major accident occurs
… accidents happen simultaneously
… you need the nearest trauma center
… I-90, I-82 or Blewett Pass closes
… an airlift cannot fly in or out due to weather
… you need medical care

Life Support is dedicated to raising the needed funds to enhance medical services within Upper Kittitas County. The EMS and medical infrastructure must advance now. Recreational use is growing at an alarming rate that will only serve to add more limitations to an already underserved area.

The four distinct seasons, enjoyed by the thousands of residents that live here, attract over 2 million visitors annually. In addition to those who come to “play”, 12 million people pass through this stretch of I-90 en-route to other destinations each year.


Map of Service Area

A Vast Response Area: The entire Emergency Medical Services area extends from Snoqualmie Pass Summit east to Elk Heights, from Quartz Mountain and Tamarack Springs to the south, and north to Salmon La Sac and the Alpine Lake Wilderness.

80% of the Upper County is publicly held by federal and state agencies. That land, while providing the rich views and recreational opportunities that make the area so desirable, contribute no tax base to local fire and rescue districts.