CENTERVILLE - Officials closed off a neighborhood in Centerville after a gas main was struck by road repair crews. The incident happened in front of 420 Great Marsh Road shortly before 8 a.m. National Grid workers were called to cap the leak. No injuries were reported.
Wellfleet Police report no arrests for the past week.
Orleans Firefighters cited for saving girl hit by boat prop
ORLEANS - July 7, 2012, could have been a sad day for the Abeid family when their teenage daughter was seriously injured by a boat propeller in the waters off Little Pleasant Bay, Orleans. Instead, members of the Orleans Fire and Rescue Department and a few good men and women in the community came together to save her life.
The drama began when Orleans Fire and the Harbormaster received a 911 call of a female being lacerated by an outboard motor prop. Also launching his boat at the same ramp where the fire and rescue boat was leaving was Dr. Thomas Whelan, a local physician.
The doctor and the firefighters reached the teenage girl who was still attached to the stopped prop and bleeding profusely from wounds to her upper body and down her left leg. The rescue crews jumped in to keep her head above the water so she could breathe and to keep her from falling into shock. Dr.Whelan, firefighter paramedics, and EMTs were able to stabilize Samantha and bring her to shore. She was rushed to Cape Cod Hospital. Meanwhile MedFlight was called due to her life-threatening injuries, but weather conditions kept the helicopters on the ground.
Cathy Dillon, charge nurse at Cape Cod Hospital, notified the United States Coast Guard. The Station Chatham Senior Chief was able to divert air resources to transport Samantha to the Massachusetts General Hospital (bottom photo).
At a ceremony in Orleans, individuals were recognized for the extraordinary response, skill and care exhibited during this most difficult of rescues. In the top photo, Dr. Thomas Whelan and Samantha meet while her father Michael looks on. In the lower photo, Orleans firefighters receive their unit citation (L-R): Lieutenant Ronald Deschamps; Tim Gula; Gregory Baker; Mike Pires; Deputy Fire Chief Tony Pike; Aaron Burns; and Dana Medeiros. Firefighter Leslie Vasconcellos was unable to attend ceremony.
Story, top and right photos by Jake O'Callaghan/CWN; bottom photo by CWN associate John P. Carroll/file
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