Connecticut News

Monday, August 3, 2020

Milford firefighters give life-saving aid at music festival

City firefighters sprang into action to help an individual after he went into cardiac arrest during the Charles Island Music Festival on Saturday. The Milford Fire Department marine units heard on the U.S. Coast Guard channel that help was needed for someone in cardiac arrest. The broadcast indicated CPR had been performed by other citizens. Boats served as a floating stage off the shores of Charles Island from about 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. during the fourth annual Charles Island Music Festival. The two marine units raced to the scene, finding a man with a pulse and “spontaneous respirations,” fire officials said. The fire department paramedics started advanced life support, including cardiac monitoring, intravenous therapy and airway support. The individual was taken to Milford Hospital. From there, he was later transferred to Yale New Haven Hospital.
Connecticut Post

Fairfield firefighters rescue 3 boaters near Penfield Reef

Three boaters were quickly rescued by firefighters near Penfield Reef on Saturday night, according to the town’s fire department. Fire units responded to the area of Penfield Reef around 8:30 p.m. for a call about three boaters in distress. The fire department said around 8:35 p.m. that the three boaters were rescued and taken to shore on a marine boat. There were no injuries reported, officials said.
Stamford Advocate

Monroe mother and son, Derby teen killed in separate Seymour crashes

A mother and son from Monroe and a teen from Derby were identified by police Saturday as the victims of two separate, serious crashes in town Friday. The first crash happened shortly before 4 p.m. Friday in the area of 179 Roosevelt Drive. The crash catapulted a vehicle into the Housatonic River with two people still inside. Tim Willis, of the Seymour Fire Department, said the Roosevelt Drive call was a “large, complex scene with responders from many jurisdictions.” Seymour Assistant Fire Chief Chris Edwards called for additional resources to the scene quickly, Willis said, and firefighters immediately worked to reach the vehicle. “They commandeered a resident’s boat and crews entered the water in both life jackets and rescue suits,” Willis said.
Greenwich Time

Brush fire briefly closes lane of I-95 in Stratford

A brush fire briefly closed the right lane of Interstate 95 north through Stratford Saturday afternoon. Firefighters responded for a report of a brush fire between exits 31 and 32 around 2:40 p.m. Within minutes, two fire engines were on scene, blocking the right lane of traffic, according to state Department of Transportation cameras in the area of the reported brush fire. The right lane of traffic remained closed between the exits as the firefighters worked. The engines cleared from the scene minutes before 3 p.m. There were no injuries reported. There were some residual delays in the area because of the lane closure.
Wilton Bulletin

Friday, July 31, 2020

Four displaced by Torrington house fire

A fire gutted a city home Thursday night, displacing four people in the process, according to fire officials. Deputy Chief David Tripp said a fire was reported at 2 Pulaski St. around 10 p.m. Firefighters arrived to find smoke pouring out of the first-floor windows of the two-and-a-half story home, according to Tripp. Tripp said the fire was contained to the first floor of the home, but there was “moderate smoke damage” throughout the building. No injuries were reported. The American Red Cross was contacted to assist four residents displaced by the fire. The Torrington Fire Marshal’s Office is investigating the origin and cause of the fire.
New Haven Register

On first full day at ‘dream job,’ Guilford firefighter helps to deliver a boy

Sunday was a quiet night for first responders at the Guilford Fire Department. Ashley Vargoshe, a medic and firefighter who is one of the department’s newest recruits, was wrapping up her first full 24-hour shift, which she said had been mostly standard. Then, just before 5:30 a.m. Monday, that not-ever-unexpected call came in. Within minutes, Vargoshe found herself in the home of a Guilford family, delivering a healthy baby boy. The family could not be reached for comment. It’s not uncommon for paramedics to respond to maternity-related calls, according to Guilford fire Capt. Brian Manware. The Guilford department receives a “handful” of them, he said. But because it’s preferable to have a child in a hospital, baby deliveries are less common, Manware said.
Connecticut Post

Gas leak causes evacuations at Rocky Hill condo complex

Dozens of people were forced to evacuate their homes in Rocky Hill earlier today after a gas leak. It was a close call at Westage condominiums Thursday afternoon. The Rocky Hill Fire Department was called to the area along Carillon Drive for reports of the strong smell of gas in the air around 4 p.m. Fire officials quickly determined a construction crew hit a gas line while working. Residents had to stand outside their homes as the gas leak caused 8 buildings -- containing 32 homes -- to be evacuated. Pam Martin said she came home from work to find her usually quiet apartment complex blocked off by the fire department. “I was a little scared because I do have animals at home, a couple parrots and cats and more worried for their safety and if they were ok,” Martin said.
WTIC-TV FOX 61 Hartford

Vernon Agency Makes Thank You Gifts For First-Responders

A local non-profit agency presented Vernon first-responders with some special gifts Thursday. The intent, organizers of Opportunity Works said, was to "Give something back to some people who have been there for us." Opportunity Works Connecticut, Inc. is a non-profit agency located in the Rockville section of Vernon that supports people with intellectual and physical disabilities in Eastern Connecticut. The agency assists clients with finding "meaningful vocational activities and/or gainful employment opportunities that fit with their personal goals." The motto is, " We work together to foster a sense of respect and dignity which enables our participants to work and live with quality of life." Police officers, municipal administrators and fire and ems officials gathered at Opportunity Works to accept the gifts — bird feeders made by the clients.
Vernon Patch

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