The Alicia and Shannon Taylor Memorial Fund has been established at Mountain West Bank to help with funeral and medical expenses for the two Eastport women involved in a single vehicle crash on Highway 95 near mile 532 on Monday, December 21.
Shannon was driving a black 2007 Saturn Vue south at about 9:37 a.m. when she hit black ice and lost control. The car left the roadway and went into Round Prairie Creek, coming to rest on its top, fully submerged.
Hall Mountain VFD firefighter and EMT Marty Steinhagen was one of the first emergency responders to arrive on scene, went into the icy water without waiting for gear, recognizing that a quick rescue was the only chance were the vehicle occupied.
He was able to free Alicia and get her to an ambulance for transport her to Boundary County. She was subsequently flown to Kootenai Health, Coeur d’Alene, but in spite of heroic efforts, she died December 24.
Shannon was brought from the vehicle, but efforts to revive her were unsuccessful and she was pronounced dead at the scene.
For his extraordinary and heroic actions, Marty Steinhagen received a citation of appreciation and a Boundary County Sheriff’s challenge coin.
Donations can be made at any Mountain West Bank branch or mailed to Alicia and Shannon Taylor Memorial Fund, Mountain West Bank, P.O. Box 1059, Coeur d’Alene, ID 83816.
Condolences for the family can be sent to Rob Dellenback, 512 Moyie River Road, Bonners Ferry, ID 838705.