Paramedic Toni Pederson Airlifted To Fargo


December 2, 2023

Brandon Schaefer, Emily Black, Claudia Mantilla, Tom Devine, Tyler Warren and Toni Pederson

by Laurel Latham

It all happened so quickly. On the afternoon of Thursday, November 16, Toni Pederson was on her way to her job as a paramedic with Bemidji Ambulance, where she’s been employed for eight years. Toni was just passing the S curve sign north of Waskish, when a deer ran out on Highway #72 in front of her GMC Acadia.

“I had just hit a deer in May or June and didn’t want to hit another one,” explains Toni. “I swerved and my back tire hit loose gravel. When I tried to correct it, my tire then hit a pothole and my vehicle got sucked into the ditch.

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