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I thank The Times for publishing the facts surrounding erroneous information given by officials of Harborview during the tragedy at Marysville-Pilchuck High School last October [“UW: Information on air ambulances in Marysville shooting was wrong,” Local News, May 4].

However, one cannot comprehend the damage done to a community in mourning, questioning our emergency personnel and the decisions they made that day. The first responders in Marysville and Snohomish County have always done a tremendous job for our communities. The Marysville-Pilchuck incident and the Oso landslide prove that. What we don’t need is those people from UW Medicine degrading our exceptional emergency medical personnel.

When Harborview’s erroneous information was published, how could one respond to a granddaughter who questioned why her friends were not sent to Harborview immediately? Answer: there is no good response.

And one wonders why it took so long for Harborview to respond to a Freedom of Information Act request from the media.

Don Wlazlak, Marysville