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After reading your story several weeks ago with the two candidates for Morton County Sheriff, I felt the need to clarify a few things. David Shipman said that if you use water cannons in subzero temperatures, you need proper medical personnel on scene.

Water cannons or deluge guns flow in excess of 800 gallons per minute at high pressures, the hoses used the night in question were one inch and one and a half inch fire hoses at low pressure maybe flowing 75 gallons per minute. The temperature at the time when the fire departments were released was in the lower 20s not subzero, no wind, a big difference. Medical attention was being offered continuously all night but was refused.

When I read this I thought it was a quote from a protester, not someone running for sheriff. During the huge flood event, Mandan and Morton County should be thankful for the great job of unified incident command by the city fire chief and the chief deputy sheriff at that time, in my dealings with them during that time Sheriff Shipman was usually not available.

The pipeline protest was the ugliest event that has ever occurred in this state as fire service had to work side by side with law enforcement on several occasions. Leadership was key, Sheriff Kyle Kirchmeier and all the other agencies did a tremendous job of handling the situation. From what I have seen, when it comes to honesty, integrity, and being there to get the job done, Kirchmeier has served Morton County very well and should be re-elected.

Lynn Gustin, Mandan

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