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Local nurse helps at fire shelter


A local registered nurse worked with the Red Cross shelter at Omak over the weekend.

Nurse Alan Cain, of Grand Coulee, who went to Omak Thursday, returned home Monday night when the shelter was closed, but expects to return where needed later.

“The shelter housed about 100 people the first night and it was down to about 60 the next night,” Cain reported. “By the second night many of those who had been displaced had found other places to stay.”

As a nurse, Cain ran what turned out to be a clinic for those with a wide variety of ailments.

The shelter was set up at the Cornerstone Church in Omak where those seeking shelter were afforded meals and overnight accommodations.

“We had a number of migrant workers who used the shelter because they were burned out of their places,” Cain stated.

“There were several people who needed treatment for illnesses and treatment helped prevent a wider spread of health problems,” Cain added.

Cash donations to the Apple Valley Chapter of the Red Cross can be sent directly to their office: 12 Orondo Avenue, Wenatchee, Wa., 98801, or interested parties can call the office at (509) 663-3907.

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