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Emma Gravalin shows off her Medical Alert button, right, that helped save her life. After falling in her Lamplighter apartment, she pulled herself to her walker where the Medical Alert button was hanging.

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When Detroit Lakes resident Emma Gravalin woke up and started making breakfast at her apartment in Lamplighter Manor on the morning of Aug. 17, it seemed to be the start of a summer day much like any other.


It turned out to be anything but an ordinary day for the 87-year-old.

"I was over in the kitchen putting some bread in the toaster when my knees went out and down I went," she recalls, adding that she remembers the smell of burning toast in the air even now.

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Vicki Gerdes
Staff writer at Detroit Lakes Newspapers for the past 14 years, currently editor of the entertainment and community pages as well as obituaries. Living in DL with my cat, Smokey.
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