Cape Wide News for Friday October 5th, 2012
Crash slows traffic in Eastham
EASTHAM - An afternoon crash in Eastham reduced four lanes of traffic to two for a time. The head-on crash happened on the large curve just west of the Fort Hill turnoff on Route 6. The extent of injuries was not immediately clear. Eastham Police are investigating.
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Tundra vs Tundra in Provincetown
PROVINCETOWN - No serious injuries despite this scene in Provincetown Friday morning. It appears the brown Toyota Tundra was backing out of a parking spot on Commercial Street (Route 6A) in the far east end of town when it was struck by the red Toyota Tundra. Several people were evaluated at the scene but all declined to go to the hospital. The impact knocked the "cap" off the pickup in lower photo.
Photos by Tim Caldwell/CWN
Vessel discovered sunk in Barnstable Harbor
BARNSTABLE - A boat was discovered submerged in Barnstable Harbor at daybreak. Barnstable firefighters were monitoring the "Kindred" for any pollution. Booms were deployed to contain any. No one was on board at the time. The Coast Guard is also monitoring the situation. The cause of the sinking was not immediately clear. Later in the day the vessel was refloated and towed to shore (below)
Top photos by CWN associate John P. Carroll
No charges filed in fatal Falmouth incident
FALMOUTH - Falmouth Police say yesterday's incident that left an 18-year-old man dead appears to be a tragic accident. Albino "AJ" Fernandes apparently jumped from the passenger seat of a moving car by the East Falmouth Library around 9:30 a.m. Thursday morning. He was rushed to Falmouth Hospital where he later passed away. No charges will be filed against the driver, whom police declined to identify citing the ongoing investigation.
Media release furnished by Falmouth Police
Local doctor donates pet oxygen masks to YFD
YARMOUTH - Pet owners in Yarmouth can breathe a little easier -- and so can their pets. The Yarmouth Fire Department now has three sets of new specially designed pet oxygen masks thanks to the generosity of Yarmouth resident Sherri Tupper, M.D.
The masks operate like human masks but are specially designed to fit over an animal’s snout. Standard human oxygen masks carried by first responders do not accommodate the shape of an animal’s face. Each $100 set includes a large canine mask, a small canine mask and a feline mask.
Dr. Tupper was motivated to make her donation after learning of attempts by first responders to use human oxygen masks to treat stricken pets at house fires. Knowing the importance of providing oxygen to a smoke-inhalation victim – whether human or animal – Dr. Tupper wondered if there were masks available for family pets. The owner of two pugs and a Shar Pei, she was acutely aware of the large variation in snout sizes. She connected with the Massachusetts Veterinary Medical Association (MVMA) and learned of its “Oxygen Mask Program for Pets.”
According to the MVMA website, its Charities group has taken the initiative to develop and implement Massachusetts’ only statewide oxygen mask program for pets. The goal of its Oxygen Mask Program is to outfit each of the 351 cities and towns in the Commonwealth with at least one set of pet oxygen masks for its first responder units.
Rather than giving a general donation, Yarmouth’s Dr. Tupper purchased three sets targeted for her hometown fire department. With the support of Yarmouth Fire Chief Michael Walker, she coordinated the donation with Yarmouth EMS Supervisor Jim Roberts. Echoing Dr. Tupper, Supervisor Roberts stated, “In most families, the family pet is another family member. Being able to treat the family pet in an emergency helps to relieve the stress of the already traumatized family members.”
A set of pet oxygen masks will be placed in each Yarmouth fire station on the first due engine out of that station, always guaranteeing a mask is available on scene.
“We are delighted that the Yarmouth Fire Department will now be able to provide oxygen assistance when needed,” says Dr. Tupper, “We know it will make a difference in the lives of local family pets.”
Dr. Tupper urges citizens across the Cape to familiarize themselves with the Oxygen Mask Program for Pets and either donate to the cause or buy a set for their local department. More information about the program is available on the MVMA Charities webpage.
Media release provided by Yarmouth Fire Department; additional reporting by Kevin Morley/CWN; photo of dog receiving oxygen via mask after being rescued from fire in Provincetown August 13th, 2009 by Tim Caldwell/CWN file
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