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Yampa Valley Medical Center security guard Trevor Ewald takes a call from hospital staff while patrolling the halls Wednesday. With violence in hospitals and other health care settings increasing nationwide, Yampa Valley Medical Center is authorizing its security officers to carry Tasers.

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Steamboat hospital guards to soon get Tasers

Security officers at Yampa Valley Medical Center soon will carry Tasers. But hospital CEO Karl Gills said he hopes the officers, contracted through Denver-based Healthcare Security Services, never have to use them.

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