Maine Public Works Workers Credited With Saving Man’s Life – NECN
Three Department of Public Works workers in Lewiston, Maine are being praised for helping save a man’s life after one of the workers spotted the man on the street holding his own severed arm.
Lewiston city officials say the incident happened around 9 a.m. last Friday near Maple Street.
Public works workers were sanding roads and sidewalks in the area when one, Ryan Barry, was driving, noticed the man carrying his detached limb and immediately stopped.
Police are still investigating the exact circumstances of the loss of the man’s arm, but they believe he came into contact with a bandsaw at AK Market, a nearby business.
Investigators said they followed a trail of blood in the market and said a separate OSHA investigation is being initiated to determine if there was some sort of accident or violation at work.
They did not say why the man was near the saw, however, and an AK Market employee declined to comment on the incident to NECN/NBC 10 Boston on Monday after in-person inquiries.
Meanwhile, Lewiston Public Works Director Mary Ann Brenchick says she feels enormous “pride” that employees in her department were able to step in.
After Barry began to help, he called two other employees, Cam Bernard and Bob Olsen, who worked near where he found the man, as well as first responders.
The pair of staff arrived before emergency services and were able to turn a vest into a tourniquet to slow the man’s bleeding.
According to Brenchick, Bernard and Olsen “are trained arborists and they are trained in chainsaw safety,” which enabled them to treat such severe limb loss, which she described as being at shoulder height. of man.
“They train other people on how to do tourniquets,” she said, adding that she calls their closeness to the scene a “divine intervention.”
Brenchick believes the city will find a way to honor the three men at some point after the police investigation ends, although she says they feel “humiliated” and don’t seek recognition.
“We respond and don’t always get that recognition up front and we don’t want it because we don’t expect it,” Brenchick said, pointing out that public works are sort of the first responders because they support police, fire and emergency services perform tasks such as road safety maintenance.
In an emailed statement, Barry said: “I’m grateful that I was able to help someone in need, and I just did what I hope anyone else would do. I am happy to hear that the gentleman is still alive and relieved to hear that he survived the incident thanks to the quick actions of everyone involved.”
Brenchick said as of Monday, the man who lost his arm remains hospitalized and is expected to remain in hospital for at least several days.