By Molly Moser
On Aug. 29, GD&T executive director Emily Moser was greeting passengers as they disembarked from the riverboat Twilight to spend a few moments in Guttenberg. One of the boat’s crewmembers was in need of emergency medical care, and Moser offered some classic Guttenberg hospitality.
“A deckhand came over to me and asked if I could take one of their crew to the hospital. I said yes, and I was kind of alarmed that one of them needed to go to the hospital, but I knew that it was one of those, ‘of course I will’ situations,” Moser explained.
She drove the crewmember to Guttenberg Municipal Hospital, where doctors took immediate action. “Dr. Hoffmann was on call and said he’d see him, so he wouldn’t have to go to the emergency room,” said Moser. “They were really accommodating. We got to the clinic at 12:35 p.m. and the boat was supposed to leave at 1:00 p.m. – so they were also working under that time constraint. I left him there and went back to the boat to update them.”
She returned to pick up the ailing crewmember, who was all patched up thanks to GMH staff, and got him back to the boat in time for the 1:00 p.m. departure. Captain Kevin Stier was so grateful that he invited Moser to join the crew for the rest of the day and offered to have a driver return her to Guttenberg when the boat docked in Dubuque that evening.
“I asked her if she wanted to get on the boat and go down the river and she said, ‘Well, yeah!’” Stier chuckled.