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By Michele Smith
The Times 

Jay Penner Wants 100% "Yes" Votes for August EMS levy

Penner shares His story of EMS response to injury that led to paralysis


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Jay Penner takes a ride in his track wheelchair at his family's farm north of Waitsburg.

WAITSBURG-When the ballots are counted in August for the proposed emergency medical services levy, Jay Penner wants to see one-hundred percent of voters in favor of it.

Penner and his wife, Jackie, farm wheat, dried peas and a small chickpea called Billy Beans in Columbia County, north of Waitsburg.

On October 3, 2016, EMS personnel from Fire Districts 2 and 3 responded to an accident on their farm that has placed Penner in a wheelchair for life.

Penner said that on that morning, he went out to a tractor, which was parked in a field along Balch Road, to remove a GPS antenna.

"I crawled up t...

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