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Firefighters rescue woman from creek

Original post made on Oct 4, 2012

Firefighters from Palo Alto and Menlo Park worked together Wednesday evening to rescue a 56-year-old woman who had fallen 40 feet into a dry creek, according to Palo Alto Fire Battalion Chief Chris Woodard.

Read the full story here Web Link posted Thursday, October 4, 2012, 8:33 AM


Posted by Resident, a resident of Another Palo Alto neighborhood
on Oct 4, 2012 at 9:18 am

I am so pleased this woman was rescued in a timely manner and hope she recovers completely.

I am more interested in knowing how this happened. Was she somewhere she shouldn't be, was she intoxicated or impaired in some way? Is there a fence or something to prevent this sort of thing from occuring again?

Posted by alan, a resident of Charleston Gardens
on Oct 4, 2012 at 10:11 am

I just saw a parade of Firefighters at Forest avenue... What is happening?

Posted by Tyler Hanley, online editor of Palo Alto Online
on Oct 4, 2012 at 10:27 am

Tyler Hanley is a registered user.

Alan: Likely what you saw on Forest was part of the 19th Annual Peninsula Firefighters Burn Relay. The relay started at Moffett Field and is headed to San Francisco, with a stop at Palo Alto City Hall. Here's a link for more information about the relay: Web Link

Posted by Jan H, a resident of Old Palo Alto
on Oct 4, 2012 at 12:56 pm

Anyone know how the poor woman fell into the creek, or how long she was there before being seen or heard? She could have been there for hours, or days, even! She is SO lucky to have a happy ending.

Posted by Gravity, a resident of Greendell/Walnut Grove
on Oct 4, 2012 at 2:07 pm

Sometimes people just fall, but we all sure want it to be more interesting than that don't we ;)

Posted by Anon., a resident of Crescent Park
on Oct 4, 2012 at 3:23 pm

> Sometimes people just fall, but we all sure want it to be more interesting than that don't we ;)

Normally people do not walk anywhere close enough to the creek that they would be able to fall in even if they did trip. So the question is was this woman doing something other than just walking along the sidewalk? Was she so instance a homeless person who was taking cover in the bushes, or someone just admiring the creek?

There is likely some story here, it's hard to fall into the creek ... take a look sometime.

Posted by Gunn Class of 67, a resident of Barron Park
on Oct 4, 2012 at 3:29 pm

Hooray for the firefighters! What an experience for all.

Posted by peacemaker, a resident of Palo Alto High School
on Oct 4, 2012 at 5:05 pm

Thank you for a job well done PAFD!!

Posted by Sharon, a resident of Midtown
on Oct 4, 2012 at 7:20 pm

Great job by MPFD and PAFD

There is a lot of interesting wild life in the creek even during the dry period.
What was the woman doing there?