10 Recognized in Douglas for Life-Saving Crash Response

 by Tom MarinoJanuary 20, 2023
Last Updated January 21, 2023 7:26 AM

DOUGLAS -  Ten individuals, including seven with the Douglas Fire Department, two with the Douglas Police Department, and a civilian, were recognized with Worcester County District Attorney  Joseph D. Early Jr.'s TEAM Award on Friday.

The ten recognized individuals combined to take life-saving actions in September to save the life of a 76-year-old Hopedale man who stopped breathing after a vehicle crash.

Those recognized are:

  • Douglas Police Officer Michael Branch;
  • Douglas Police Officer Elias Foynes;
  • Deputy Douglas Fire Chief John Furno;
  • Douglas Assistant Fire Chief Kelly Manning;
  • Douglas Fire Captain Adam Furno;
  • Douglas Fire Lt. Cory Stevens;
  • Douglas Fire Lt. Joe Overly;
  • Douglas Firefighter Ryan Norton;
  • Douglas Firefighter Danica McCallum and;
  • Marc Rousseau.

At around 5:15 PM on Sept. 24, police and EMS responded to reports of a two-car crash on North Street in Douglas. Officers arrived to find a Jeep with minor damage. That driver was not injured.

Rousseau was attempting to assist the 76-year-old driver of the second vehicle, a pickup truck with heavy damage to the front-end and a deployed airbag. Rousseau said the driver was not breathing and soon did not have a pulse.

Officer Branch began rendering aid to the man and detected a pulse just prior to EMS arriving.

Douglas Fire Lt. Joe Overly and Firefighter Danica McCallum helped remove the driver from the pickup truck and continued life-saving measures on him. The driver was taken to an area hospital, where his health soon improved.

The fire chief and police chief of Douglas both credited Rousseau as having an important role in saving the man's life.

Douglas Fire Chief Kent Vinson said, “The bystander who helped at the scene and the police officers who performed CPR before firefighters arrived were a vital part
of this incident.”

Chief Nick Miglionico said, “I must also praise Marc Rousseau, who was first on the scene to help prior to the officers arriving on scene."

Both chiefs credited the team effort to save the driver's life.

The TEAM (Team Excellence and Merit) Award was created by Early in 2019 to recognize public safety employees who go above and beyond the call of duty. Contact the Worcester County District Attorney’s Office at (508) 755-8601 to nominate someone for this award.

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