Firefighters, Police Reunite with Man After Potentially Deadly Crash
GEORGETOWN – Georgetown Fire Chief Fred Mitchell, Georgetown Police Chief Donald C. Cudmore and Newbury Fire Chief Douglas Janvrin are pleased to share that several members of their departments, as well as a local resident who works as a Massport Firefighter, recently reunited with a man following a lifesaving rescue this summer.
On July 31, at 7:07 a.m. Massport Firefighter Jeffrey Maniscalco was returning to his home on Groveland after working his shift at Logan International Airport when he found a vehicle that had crashed into a tree on East Main Street in Georgetown. He immediately stopped and began to attend to the victim, who he found to have suffered a medical emergency. The victim was later identified as Brian Courtney, 61, of Georgetown.
Georgetown Police and Firefighters and Newbury Fire Department units were dispatched to the scene.
Courtney was driving the vehicle when he suffered a medical episode, causing him to lose consciousness and crash his Ford pick-up truck into a tree.
He was additionally transported by the Newbury Fire to Portsmouth Regional Hospital where he received treatment.
“Even with all of the training, experience and specialized equipment our personnel have, it isn’t every day we get to celebrate a happy ending to an incident of this severity,” Georgetown Fire Chief Mitchell said. “This time, thanks to that training and preparation, everyone that responded that day helped save this man’s life. We’re incredibly proud of their actions, and thankful for this positive outcome to a serious crash. Firefighter Maniscalco’s actions in particular remind us that we are never truly off duty in the world of first responders. He may have left Logan thinking he was done working for the day, but he was in the right place at the right time, and he helped save a life.”
The man, deeply thankful for the lifesaving actions of the first responders who assisted him at the scene, wished to thank them in-person. A socially distanced ceremony and reunion was held at the Georgetown Fire Department at 47 Central St. in Georgetown on Wednesday, at approximately 10 a.m. Everyone wore masks, and seats at the ceremony were distanced a minimum of six feet apart.
In addition to Maniscalco, the following first responders also received certificates from Chief Mitchell: Georgetown Fire Capt. Brett Moyer, Georgetown Firefighter/EMT Jeff Driscoll, Newbury Firefighter/Paramedic Karl Granoth, Newbury Fire Lt. Paramedic James Chadbourne, Georgetown Police Officer Eric Jones, Georgetown Police Officer Courtney Thomas and Georgetown Police Officer Taylor Ford.
“A job well done to each and every officer, firefighter and EMT who responded to this crash– this was a serious incident and we’re thankful our first responders were able to rely on their training to effectively help this man,” Georgetown Police Chief Cudmore said. “It was heartwarming to have the opportunity to hold a reunion with him and everyone who responded. Celebrating the happy endings is tremendously meaningful, and we’re thankful this was possible.”