EAST KINGSTON — An off-duty East Kingston EMT is being recognized for aiding a man who was seriously injured by fireworks on the Fourth of the July.
Fire Chief Ed Warren said EMT Alex Head was at the Tuxbury Pond RV Resort when South Hampton Fire received a report of a fireworks-related injury at that location at 10:12 p.m.
Warren said Head was off-duty but immediately began providing lifesaving aid to the man. The man suffered two severely injured fingers and a severed thumb, as well as a significant eye injury and facial lacerations.
Warren said Head took charge of the situation, initiating care and organizing the scene prior to the arrival of responding units from the South Hampton, Newton and Amesbury Fire Departments.
"Each Fourth of July, fire departments can only wait for the inevitable report that someone's been critically injured by a fireworks-related incident," Warren said. "In this case, Alex happened to be in the right place at the right time to provide essential aid to a patient in need. While the circumstances are unfortunate, the patient received excellent care, and I want to commend Alex for her professionalism and quick actions."
The patient was transported to Portsmouth Hospital by South Hampton Fire, with assistance from Amesbury Fire, where his thumb was successfully re-attached. He was subsequently transferred to the Massachusetts Eye and Ear Infirmary for further treatment.