Vol. IV No. 6 3/15/2023
1. A Rescue
Congratulations to our police, fire, and rescue. On March 3, 2023 between 2:30pm and 3:30pm, a fisherman was pulled from the icy waters of Stockbridge Bowl. Those responding were Fire Chief Vincent Garofoli, Deputy Fire Chief Neil Haywood, Police Chief Darrell Fennelly, Search and Rescue Team Jay Rhind, Bill Markham, Travis Searing, and Richmond Fire Department (RFD). The man was rescued and transported to Berkshire Medical Center. Read on...
A First-hand Account from Jay Rhind, Lieutenant, EMT, Search & Rescue Dive Team
Good morning, Carole-
At 2:30 Stockbridge Fire Department (SFD) received a call for a man through the ice in the vicinity of Lake Drive (the ice fisherman was out near the island).
SPF was 1st on the scene, and I arrived soon after followed by our Rescue truck driven by Travis Searing, and other firefighters from Stockbridge and Richmond.
Bill Markham, Captain SFD, and I donned our yellow Mustang Rescue suits. The Ice Rescue Sled was brought to shore, and we headed out.
The ice was thin, and we were walking, breaking through, getting stuck in the mud, but we kept going. Bill was able to assist by breaking through the ice, pushing, and pulling the sled towards the man. It was an exhausting and heroic task. Bill waited mid-way out as I continued on and finally made it to the man in the water.
He was holding onto the edge of the ice with only his head above water. I was able to get him lifted onto the sled and the shore crew pulled us back across the ice and water to shore.
This was a huge team effort, and everyone deserves a big congratulations for this rescue. SFD practices year-round for just this type of call, and everything paid off with SFD and others being able to save this man. Thank you, Carole. Think Spring! Jay
Photo: Jay Rhind
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