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ARRL Special Bulletin ARLX058 (1995)

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ARLX058 HT saves ham's life

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Special Bulletin 58  ARLX058
From ARRL Headquarters  
Newington CT  September 28, 1995
To all radio amateurs 

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ARLX058 HT saves ham's life

Amateur Radio has been credited with saving the life of a shooting
victim.

On Monday, September 25, 40-year old Rory Clark, KD6RKL, of Citrus
Heights, a Sacramento suburb, was shot while standing at a bank
automatic teller machine.  Using his hand-held transceiver, he
called for help on a local repeater.  The repeater owner and
operator, Chris Huber, N6ICW, was listening and autopatched the call
to 911, according to ARRL Sacramento Valley Public Information
Officer John Arnot, KD6SSZ.

Huber helped Clark in passing information to the ''911'' operator
about his location, condition, and suspects. This assistance, and
the ability to contact a listening ham operator on the spot ''saved
Rory's life,'' in the words of local authorities.

The story was covered by all three television network affiliate
stations, which focused not only on the crime and victim, but also
on Clark's ability to call for help with his hand-held.

Huber was interviewed by two of the three TV stations.  One of the
TV stations interviewed a sales clerk at the local Amateur Radio
retail outlet, The Radio Place, about the positive aspects of ham
radio.  The taped conversation between Clark, Huber, and the ''911''
operator was played on the news broadcasts.

Local hams rushed to his and his family's assistance, and continue
to be of support, Arnot said.  Among them was Jim Rosima, KD6SSW,
who took Clark's family to the hospital after  the incident.

Rory Clark is in critical condition but is expected to live.  He was
shot once with a rifle from behind.  Authorities attribute his
survival to his call for help via ham radio.  He is in Sutter
Roseville Hospital.
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