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Woman, 94, wants to meet rescuer

September 30, 1998

Emma Katie TrumpowerBy KIMBERLY YAKOWSKI / Staff Writer

photo: RIC DUGAN / staff photographer




When 94-year-old Emma Katie Trumpower fell from a ladder while washing the outside windows of her home, an off-duty state trooper came to her rescue.

Trumpower is back home after a hip replacement and a 12-day stay in the hospital, and would like to thank the trooper who she believes saved her life.

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Although the trooper told her his name, Trumpower said she was in a lot of pain and can't remember it.

"I'd like to see him again to thank him. He saved me," she said.

Trumpower said she remembers only that the state trooper was tall, well-built and fair-skinned.

Officials at the Maryland State Police barracks in Hagerstown and Washington County Emergency Services said they did not know who the good Samaritan might be.

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Trumpower's fall came on Aug. 31 while she was cleaning the outside windows of her ranch-style home on Sharpsburg Pike.

She started with the rear windows at about 11:30 a.m. and then went to the front of the house. She climbed a four-step ladder to reach a large living room window.

While washing a top portion of the window, Trumpower lost her balance and fell about four feet to the ground, breaking her hip.

In pain, Trumpower waved and called to people going into and out of the nearby Burger King parking lot. Several people walked by and either didn't hear her cries for help or ignored them.

But an off-duty state police trooper who had stopped at Burger King to have lunch came to her rescue.

"He said he saw me fall. I think he was an angel from heaven," said Trumpower.

The trooper called rescue crews from inside her home, and stayed with Trumpower and comforted her until an ambulance arrived.

"We talked and he said 'everything's going to be OK."'

Trumpower received a complete replacement hip as a result of the accident and is recovering quickly, she said.

"If you've got pain you have to push it along. You can't baby it," she said.

Despite her fall, Trumpower said she will not let the injury prevent her from her normal activities and enjoying life.

"It's hard to be still. When I can't do stuff I don't like it," she said.

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