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Update On Deputies Following HazMat Exposure

OAKHURST — Two Madera County Sheriff’s Office deputies have been examined by doctors following what appears to have been exposure to hazardous chemicals while on duty.

Just after 8:30 a.m. today, the Sheriff’s Office was called to investigate the possibility of stolen property at Oakhurst Self Storage on Winding Way.

Shortly before 10 a.m., two of the responding deputies began exhibiting the type of symptoms that would be caused by an exposure to airborne chemicals, according to the Sheriff’s Office.

Corporal Amy Roussell and Deputy Miguel Soto were transported by ground ambulance to a medical facility for evaluation.

This afternoon, the Sheriff’s Office says Corporal Roussell and Deputy Soto have been treated and released from a Fresno hospital.

This is an example of the inherent dangers that law enforcement faces every day, says the Sheriff’s Office.

“Many only think of dangerous suspects, but sometimes there are unseen dangers that can quickly escalate a seemingly routine situation.”

Cal Fire, Madera County Environmental Health, and the Madera Narcotic Enforcement Team (MADNET) remain on scene. An investigation into the cause of the exposure is still underway.

We will update when more information becomes available.

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