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Bellingham stabbing victim reportedly saved by Base Camp staff

BELLINGHAM, Wash. — Lighthouse Mission staff administered aid to a former guest who came to Base Camp in Bellingham after being stabbed Monday, July 18th, on N State Street.

According to a press release from Lighthouse Mission, the victim fled to Base Camp on N Cornwall Avenue for help after being stabbed at least 4 times in the neck.

Bellingham Police Department (BPD) press memo says they were dispatched to investigate a stabbing incident in the 1500 block of N State Street about 7:30pm that evening. No arrest was made.

“Staff members took immediate action,” according to Hans Erchinger-Davis, President and CEO of Lighthouse Mission Ministries in Bellingham. “One staff member, who recently completed EMT training, put pressure on the wounds and another called the authorities.” They were able to keep the victim’s condition stable until first responders arrived. The victim was transported to PeaceHealth St Joseph Medical Center.

BPD Spokesperson Lieutenant Claudia Murphy told Whatcom News officers were dispatched to a report of a fight that ended with a stabbing. Several people were interviewed by BPD officers and detectives. The case remains under investigation. As such, no further details are available at this time. She was unaware of the victim’s current medical status.

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