South Line Fire Co. firefighters who helped save the life of a fellow member severely injured in a construction accident were honored last week with an Excellence Through Teamwork Award.
On Aug. 1, 2012,the power saw being used by Keith Broad to cut a wood form kicked back and went through his collar bone into his chest, severing an artery and almost costing him his right arm. Both he and his son, Josh, are members of South Line, as were several other people working with them at the site.
Confused and in shock, Broad dropped the saw and walked to his crew members for help. They immediately called 911 and began working to control the bleeding, while another firefighter who lives across the street was alerted.
South Line Fire Chief Todd Roland, who’s a cardiothoracic physician’s assistant, arrived and began briefing Erie County Medical Center’s trauma and cardiothoracic about the difficult case they were facing.
Though Broad’s condition worsened after he was moved into a waiting ambulance, a trauma team was waiting for him in an operating room at Erie County Medical Center. Broad ended up receiving 26 units of blood through transfusions.
Despite the death rate associated with such a trauma, Broad survived and he was released from the hospital a week later, to finish recovering at home. Days ago, he returned to active duty with the fire company.
Recipients of the awards are chosen by The Firefighter Newspaper, a more than 20-year-old quarterly publication distributed to all volunteer fire departments in Erie County and through public libraries. Also honored were members of the Getzville Fire Company, for their response to a May 2 fire at the University at Buffalo; and volunteers from the American Red Cross Serving Erie and Niagara Counties, for helping victims of several house fires and other emergencies in Erie and Niagara counties.
Also this week:
• A Town Board work session begins at 6 p.m. Tuesday in the second-floor conference room in Town Hall, 3301 Broadway.
• “Caring for Our Community: An Evening of Community Service Providers,” will be presented from 6 to 8 p.m. Tuesday in Cleveland Hill Family Resource Center, 3660 Harlem Road. Representatives of several agencies and programs will be available; the program is free and open to the public.
• If Black Friday shopping isn’t your thing, join the Turkey Stroll at 10 a.m. Friday at Reinstein Woods Environmental Education Center, 93 Honorine Drive. The guided nature walk will have participants looking for wild turkeys and the clues they leave behind.