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She helps transport firefighters to the burning dock to minimize fire damage

COURTESY PHOTO - The Lake Oswego Fire Department works to extinguish a fire on the White Sail at Foothills Park last week.Most of the world was still sleeping when Ellie Lesch, Head Masters Coach at Lake Oswego Community Rowing, arrived for work at 5 a.m. on Monday, July 22.

While driving past Foothills Park, Lesch saw more than boats, a sunrise and birds on the river. She spotted a fire on the dock right below the White Sail.

Lesch called 911 and the Lake Oswego Fire Department arrived at the scene right away. However, while the firefighters were equipped with fire extinguishers, they had no way to reach the dock. The "old dock" at the base of the White Sail platform is not connected to land or other docks.

But Lesch offered to pick the firefighters up at the large dock and transport them to the burning dock. Firefighters put out the fire — the cause of the fire remains unknown — before it caused too much damage and the dock was saved.

"I was impressed with LOFD's quick response and it just felt right to help in any way possible," Lesch said. "(And even with the fire), our practice was still able to run smoothly. A big thanks to LOPD and FD for keeping us safe on the water and in our parks."


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