CHATHAM - A Cape Cod Regional Transit Authority bus and a car collided in Chatham shortly after 1 p.m. The crash happened on Main Street (Route 28) at Crowell Road. No injuries were reported. The bus was able to drive away after the crash but the car had to be towed. Chatham Police are investigating the crash.
Woman hurt in Dennis car vs pole
DENNIS – Around 9:10 p.m. Friday the female driver of an Oldsmobile Cutlass sedan traveling north on Nobscussett Road lost control of her vehicle just north of the Whig Street intersection.
The vehicle apparently crossed the center line and struck a utility pole on the west side of the street, coming to rest across the southbound lane.
Dennis firefighters extricated the victim from the vehicle and transported her to Cape Cod Hospital with unknown injuries that were apparently not life threatening.
While the vehicle was heavily damaged, the pole appeared to be intact but NStar was called to check the pole as a precaution.
Dennis Police are investigating the crash.
Story and photos by Kevin Morley/CWN
Hyannis firefighters to receive Firefighter of the Year awardsHYANNIS - Governor Deval L. Patrick, Public Safety and Public Safety and Security Secretary Mary Elizabeth Heffernan and State Fire Marshal Stephen D. Coan will recognize heroic acts of bravery during the 23rd annual “Firefighter of the Year” Awards at Mechanic’s Hall in Worcester on Tuesday at 10:30 a.m. recognizing the following awards: Medal of Honor, Medal of Valor, Individual Meritorious Conduct, Group Meritorious Conduct, the Norman Knight for Excellence in Community Service, and the Fire Marshal’s award.
On the evening of October 31st, 2011, at 11:18 a four-alarm fire was reported at the three-story Hyannis House Apartments on West Main Street in Hyannis comprised of mostly elderly residents. Sixty firefighters from several Barnstable area fire departments responded (see original story here).
Upon arrival, fire and smoke were coming from a third-floor apartment. Hyannis Fire Captain Kristofferson and Firefighter Nate Coughlan grabbed tools and a high-rise pack and raced up the third floor using the stairwell. As they reached the second floor, two police officers exited the building coughing and alerted them to a woman that was trapped in her third-floor apartment.
Firefighter Coughlan started to forciblely open doors until he heard sounds from a victim behind an apartment door. Unfortunately, the victim was blocking the apartment door, which made it extremely difficult to open. Facing great adversity due to the blocked doorway, intense heat and thick smoke, and without the safety of a hose line, Capt Kristofferson and FF Coughlan persevered, wriggling their way through the small crack of the door, fighting obstacles inside, while attempting to get to the victim.
The fire victim, 84-year-old Helen Levesque, had severe burns. Her clothes and skin were burnt. Due to the nature of the burn injuries it was difficult to carry her effectively, Capt Kristofferson and Firefighter Coughlan, improvised on the spot and sandwiching the victim between them and, working in unison, removed her down three flights of stairs outdoors to a waiting Hyannis Fire ambulance. She was later MedFlighted to a Boston burn center.
Also during the ceremony, the Medals of Honor will be presented posthumously to Peabody Firefighter James Rice and Worcester Firefighter Jon D. Davies who died fighting fires last year.
Material from Mass Department of Fire Services used in this report. Photo by CWN associate John P. Carroll.
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