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Cell phone comes to rescue of injured musher

Posted: Wednesday, November 07, 2001

FAIRBANKS (AP) -- A Fairbanks dog musher used her cell phone to call for help after she hurt her leg and lost her five-dog team.

The mishap occurred Tuesday when Jan Sherman stopped to untangle a dog during her first run of the year at Jeff Studdert Racegrounds. The team bolted, catching Sherman's leg with gangline.

Sherman used her cell phone to call a friend, Dodie Caputo, who was waiting in the parking lot at the nearby Musher's Hall. That's where she had helped Sherman hitch up the dogs.

''Catch the dogs,'' Sherman told Caputo.

''That's all she said and then she hung up,'' Caputo said.

Sherman then called 911 for medical help, saying she thought she had broken her leg. Medics from the Steese Area Volunteer Fire Department responded.

The dogs returned to Caputo in the parking lot. About the same time, nearby resident George Salmon passed with a six-wheeler. He set out to find Sherman when Caputo told him what happened.

Salmon used his six-wheeler to carry Sherman to the ambulance waiting on a nearby road.



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