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EMT dies after crashing van at the end of his driveway

Scott Novak worked for the Leech Lake EMS.
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An emergency responder from central Minnesota died after crashing his car into a ditch.

The Morrison County Sheriff's Office said that Scott Novak, 47, of Little Falls was driving his Dodge Caravan down his driveway to get the mail on Thursday.

But the van continued to travel out of the driveway, crossing the street and hitting a road sign before landing in a ditch.

Novak was taken to St. Gabriel's Hospital by ambulance, but later died. Police are investigating what caused his death.

Novak was an emergency responder with the Leech Lake EMS, for whom he'd worked as an EMT for almost 17 years.

Leech Lake EMS paid tribute on Facebook, saying: "Scott has dedicated most of his life to serving the Leech Lake community with compassion and integrity by giving exceptional patient care and teaching younger generations.

"From all of us at Leech Lake EMS & Education, we continue to keep Scott’s family, loved ones, and friends, in our prayers."

Novak's son, Greg, wrote on the Morrison County Sheriff's Office post that the responders who helped his father "put on an incredible effort," saying his father would have been "proud as hell."

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