Longtime Vale ambulance director steps down

Vale Ambulance Director Todd Hesse will step down from his position at the end of the month after a 20-year career helping his community. (The Enterprise/Pat Caldwell).

VALE – For the past 20 years the director of the Vale Ambulance observed the very best and worst of human nature and the tragedy of chance.

Todd Hesse and his team responded to car and motorcycle wrecks, farm accidents or rushed to local homes to attend heart attack victims.

For countless people, Hesse and his 18-member crew of emergency medical technicians were all that stood between life and death.

Understandably, he is proud of his department.

At the end of May, Hesse will say goodbye to his big red-and-white ambulances and Malheur County to take a job as the Rockaway Beach fire chief in Tillamook . . .