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By Beka Compton
the Times 

Columbia County boy earns Life Saver Award

Karl Burnstad noticed his mother had been sleeping longer than normal and was unable to wake her up. He quickly called 9-1-1, and got his mother the medical attention she needed, saving her life.


Beka Compton

Columbia County Undersheriff Robbie Patterson shakes Karl Burnstad's hand as he thanks Karl for his quick thinking that saved Tracy Burnstad's life.

DAYTON—It's not every day that the Columbia County Sheriff's Office gives a Lifesaver Award. Last Friday, in a full courtroom, Columbia County Undersheriff Robbie Patterson presented 7 year old Karl Burnstad with a Life saving Award. This November, Karl was able to recognize a medical emergency and dial 9-1-1, ultimately saving his mother's life.

On November 12, 2019, Karl Burnstad, then only 6 years old, noticed that his mom, Tracy Burnstad, had been sleeping longer than normal and wouldn't wake up. Karl was able to locate a cell phone, call 9-1-1, and answer the dispatcher's questions,...

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