The Hartley Sentinel-The Everly/Royal News - Serving O'Brien & Clay Counties

By Nick Pedley
News Editor 

Remembering Gale

Ambulance team mourns loss of driver and beloved community man


November 12, 2020


Gale Vetter, pictured in the back row third from left, was a well-known member of the Hartley community. He died on Nov. 4 following complications from COVID-19.

Gale Vetter's signature laugh and warm presence will be greatly missed by members of Hartley's ambulance team.

"You knew Gale was around when you could hear him," said Jake Moermond, an EMT on the squad. "He'd start laughing, and it was like oh, Gale's here!"

Vetter lost his battle with COVID-19 on Nov. 4 after a two-week fight. His death left members of the Hartley Emergency Ambulance Response Team (H.E.A.R.T.) reeling, as it marked the third time since 2017 they lost one of their own.

"It's taken an emotional toll. It sucks," said Moermond. "The first one was bad, then you get another one...

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