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River Rescue Update

Posted on 3rd July 2014 at 16:18

Bryan Troffer, 46, is still in the hospital after Tuesday’s near-drowning incident reported near Toutle, where he actually saved two little girls before nearly losing his own life. The incident took place on the south fork of the Toutle River, where Troffer was with his girlfriend, Lacey Keele and her two daughters, 10 year-old Elle and 7 year-old Haylie. The two girls had been playing in the water when they got into trouble, and Troffer went in to save them. Troffer was able to get both girls out, but by the time he was brought out of the river, he was “purple and unresponsive.” Keele was eventually able to get all three victims down to the fire station in Toutle, where LifeFlight was called. All three were taken by ambulance to the Headquarters Road exit, where Troffer was transferred to a helicopter, and the girls continued on to St. John Medical Center in Longview. They were eventually treated and released, while Troffer was airlifted to Southwest Washington Medical Center in Vancouver. He’s listed in stable condition this morning.