For days, the family of Tony Sessin wondered who it was that helped save their loved one’s life and then disappeared. On Friday, the family found him and finally had the chance to thank him.
Tony Sessin, a former paramedic who spent 33 years at Cleveland EMS, was seriously injured in a motorcycle accident Tuesday morning in Berea. The impact of the crash sent Sessin over his motorcycle’s shield guard, causing catastrophic injuries to one of his legs. The bones in his lower leg were shattered like glass dropped from a second story balcony. The critical arteries inside his leg were severed.
He was bleeding quickly and profusely, yet somehow still conscious. By pure fate and experience, a mystery good Samaritan then saved his life.
At the corner of Chester and E. 66th, Cleveland Fire Station 17 is among the busiest hose houses in the city. It’s also home to the department’s elite rescue teams, including the dive team. On any given day, the team of Station 17 can be rescuing someone from a confined space or plucking someone stranded in a body of water.