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Lifeguard drowned in hospital bill

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PORTLAND, Ore.- No good deed goes unpunished. 

A teenager who rescued a boy in the surf at Rockaway Beach near Tillamook has received a hospital bill of nearly $2,600.         

John Clark is a summer lifeguard in Vancouver, but he was at the Oregon beach when he heard screams for help. He dove through breakers and heavy swells to keep the boy afloat until personal watercraft arrived and pulled them to shore.         

Clark had a headache so he went with the boy in an ambulance to Tillamook General Hospital. Clark says he thought it was standard procedure until several weeks later when the bill arrived: $450 for the emergency room, $230 for the doctor bill and $1,900 for the 15-mile ambulance ride.