Illinois Town Loses Ambulance Service

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OREGON, Ill. (AP) -- A privately owned ambulance service in the small northern Illinois town of Oregon has closed. That leaves city and local fire officials scrambling.

Oregon Fire Chief Don Heller told The Telegraph in Dixon ( ) that the nonprofit Oregon Ambulance Service closed Tuesday. Heller said he started contacting neighboring fire departments to arrange help.

Oregon is about 25 miles southwest of Rockford. The town of 3,700 is the only one in the area that doesn't have an ambulance service funded by property taxes.

Betty Ferris operated Oregon Ambulance Service with her husband. She said the service closed because of the lack of tax support.

Oregon Police Chief Darin DeHaan said the area can't rely on help from neighboring fire departments forever and needs a long-term solution.

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