EAST MILLINOCKET, Maine — Three-year-old Sam Jacobs got a very special treat when he came home from Children’s Hospital Boston on Wednesday night.
Five firetrucks from the East Millinocket and Medway fire departments met him at the convenience store and fuel station off Interstate 95 at about 6:45 p.m. and escorted him to his home in East Millinocket, said Racheal Jacobs, Sam’s mother.
“We had quite the crowd, I can tell you that,” Jacobs said afterward. “He was kind of withdrawn for the most part because it was overwhelming. He didn’t know how to react. When we pulled in here he didn’t want to get out of the car.”
Once he got into the firetruck, he lit up, his mother said.
“I was bawling my eyes out when I saw Sammy staring at the firetrucks. He kind of waved at them,” she said. “That was enough to set me off. It is awesome to be home.”
East Millinocket fire Capt. Kevin McAdam, fiance to Racheal’s cousin Tammi Thompson, said arranging the escort seemed natural, given Sam’s enthusiasm for firetrucks.
“He is such a good kid. He is a trouper, a tough little guy,” McAdam said. “We want to make his welcome home a big deal for him, because it was a big deal.”
Sam was hurt when he and his sister, Brieanne Powers, began wrestling on the floor of their Silverwood Court apartment at about 1:30 p.m. Sunday and a green coloring pencil accidentally punctured his right tonsil and lodged near his carotid artery, his mother said. He was in critical condition and rushed from Millinocket Regional Hospital to Eastern Maine Medical Center in Bangor before being taken to Boston.
The family will hold a potluck supper fundraiser and celebration for Sam’s return at 3 p.m. Sunday at Jacobs Lighthouse Ministries, 178 Pattagumpus Road in Medway. The public is invited, Thompson said.
“The more people who bring food or other stuff, the better the party will be,” McAdam said.
Collection cans left out at several area stores have collected several hundred dollars that will help Jacobs defray costs accumulated while she stayed with her son in Boston, Thompson said.
Jacobs said she is deeply grateful for the help.
“It is amazing. It really is,” she said. “That’s the only word. How so many people are willing to show their support over something like his accident is just amazing.”
Racheal Jacobs’ father has established the Fund for Sam Jacobs, c/o East Millinocket Federal Credit Union, 60 Main St., East Millinocket 04430, for anyone who wants to contribute, Thompson said.