Firefighters Honored for Freeing Teenager, Saving His Finger
Congratulations to the five City firefighters with Engine 1 and Rescue 1, who last summer freed a 19-year-old man whose finger had gotten stuck in the frame support of his truck. The firefighters were able to spare the teen from losing his index finger.
For their actions, Captain. Cecil Risden and Jack Lay, Master Firefighters Matt Beavers and Rusty Jenkins, and Senior Firefighter Jacob Mason were honored today as Firefighters of the 3rd Quarter 2016. The firefighters used a metal saw to remove part of the frame support and free the patient enough to be transported to the University of Tennessee Medical Center’s emergency room via Rural/Metro Ambulance – albeit with the piece of metal still attached. As doctors were preparing to amputate the victim’s finger, Rescue 1 team members Risden and Beavers attempted one final time to separate the metal from flesh. With hydraulic spreaders and a band saw, they were able to cut the frame near the lodged finger, then carefully used the spreaders to push the metal far enough apart to safely remove the young man’s finger.
360 ENHANCED PRESS CONFERENCE- COURTESY OF DAN ANDREWS.