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Medford Woman Saved from Carbon Monoxide Poisoning

A Medford woman is alive today because dispatchers sent firefighters to her home after she slept through her carbon monoxide alarm.

Posted: Feb 21, 2018 5:44 PM
Updated: Feb 21, 2018 5:45 PM

MEDFORD, Ore.- Sharon Lausman was baking a roast in the oven of her Medford home when a carbon monoxide detector activated. Sound asleep, Sharon did not hear the alarms. She was awakened by a phone call from an ADT emergency dispatcher in Irving, TX. The dispatcher advised Sharon to leave the home with her dog and cat while she contacted Medford Fire-Rescue.

Firefighters used portable gas detectors to determine there were life-threatening levels of the "silent killer" in the home, coming from a malfunctioning gas oven. Sharon believes her life was saved and met her "heroes" during an emotional reunion at her home today.

ADT Security awarded Medford Fire-Rescue a $5,000 Lifesaver award for their response to a life-long Medford resident who experienced a carbon monoxide emergency in December. Firefighters say that money is going towards cancer research.

According to the CDC, carbon monoxide kills 500 Americans each year and poisons 50,000 more. A report from the Oregon Health Authority states 20 Oregon residents died from unintentional carbon monoxide poisoning in 2016. The latest carbon monoxide incident was Jan. 28 in Eugene. 

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