A Presque Isle police officer and two Caribou paramedics were recognized Feb. 4 for a heroic act that saved the life of a man who was pinned beneath an automobile.
The Maine Chiefs of Police Association honored Presque Isle police Officer Larry Fickett and Caribou Fire and Ambulance Department paramedics Scott Susi and Scott Dow at its annual meeting in South Portland, for their efforts in a dramatic rescue that took place in Presque Isle last April.
Although all three men were no strangers to responding to accident calls, what was unusual was that Susi and Dow, both based in Caribou, happened to be in Presque Isle when help was needed.
“A call was dispatched for EMS for a traumatic injury involving a middle-aged man pinned under an automobile. The caller was frantic and the crew initially arrived to find the patient unconscious and very discolored from the waist up,” Steve Corbin, regional EMS coordinator, Region 5 Aroostook, noted in the nomination.
Though the fire department was dispatched, the medics realized they had no time to wait for firefighters to arrive to extricate the victim.
“Medics solicited the help of Presque Isle police Officers Lynn Hartley and Larry Fickett, who had also arrived at the scene to provide traffic control,” Corbin said.
As Susi and Fickett lifted the car’s rear bumper by hand, Dow was able to pull the victim by his ankles, freeing him from the car.
“Had it not been for the courageous action of the EMS crew and police officers that day, the victim would certainly have become a fatality,” Corbin said.
Corbin congratulated the men for working to save the man’s life, “during what could have been a very disastrous situation for the victim.”
Fickett was awarded the “Life Saving By A Law Enforcement Officer” commendation in recognition of his actions that day. Making the moment all the more memorable was the fact the award was presented to Fickett by former Presque Isle Police Chief Naldo Gagnon.
“The quick, decisive actions taken by Fickett, Susi and Dow ultimately proved to be the crucial deciding factor in saving the life of the middle-aged male victim,” Chief Edward J. Googins, president of the Maine Chiefs of Police Association, and Chief Richard A. Pickett, chairman of the awards committee, said in a joint statement. “The citizens of Maine and members of the law enforcement profession join in expressing their pride and gratitude for a job well done.”