Officials lobby for trauma center in Okaloosa County

Published: Wednesday, March 20, 2013 at 12:48 PM.

Okaloosa County Sheriff Larry Ashley said a local certified trauma center is greatly needed. Ashley said having the closest center in Escambia County takes time away from his deputies and investigators when they must travel there for follow-up investigations.

Ashley said there were other, more important reasons to have a trauma center close by.

“I’ve had three deputies killed in the line of duty, shot to death, in the last three years,” Ashley said. “I’m not a doctor. I don’t know if we could have saved them or not, but having the ability to get them to a trauma center quicker certainly weighs on my mind.”

Contact Daily News Business Editor Dusty Ricketts at 850-315-4448 or dricketts@nwfdailynews.com. Follow him on Twitter @DustyRnwfdn.



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