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NO SMALL MIRACLE It was Friday, July 15, 2022, and Roy had spent the morning doing fence work on the Priest Lake ranch where he lives with his wife, Valerie.

When Roy came in for lunch around noon, Valerie says he was perfectly normal. Ten to fifteen minutes later when Valerie went to check on him because she couldn’t hear him working, Roy was on the ground.

“When I heard his garbled and repetitive speech, I knew that something was wrong,” says Valerie. She immediately called 911, despite Roy’s protests and attempts to convince her he was fine—something she attributes to his “stubborn streak.”

“I’m usually at work on Fridays, but for some reason I can’t really explain I took the day off,” says Valerie. Had Valerie not been home, Roy’s story may have had a very different ending.

“We like to think of it as a miracle,” says Roy.

Thanks to the quick reaction time of Priest Lake emergency response volunteers, Roy was in an ambulance and on his way to Newport Hospital & Health Services within 30 minutes of Valerie placing a call. CLICK HERE for Spokesman Review's story

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