Two Duxbury paramedics are being hailed as heroes after they rescued a man after a 600-pound tree fell on him Friday.
The victim, who remains unidentified, was trapped under the tree after his friend cut it down. Captain Rob Reardon said the tree had a thick vine growing around it, which was partially the cause for the fall. When they first arrived on the scene, responders were unable to see the victim because there was so much brush around and on top of him. It took several minutes to cut through the brush.
Firefighter paramedics Tim Geary and Michael Cardoza used airbags to free the victim, who was trapped under the tree and brush at 934 Temple Street. The air bags are extremely strong and can lift objects as heavy as a car. As the airbags lifted the tree, response crews used cribbing to hold the tree off the victim, in case of another collapse.
“The airbags are phenomenal,” Reardon said. “They worked quickly and were critical to helping us rescue him.”
The patient was Medflighted a level 1 trauma center at Beth Israel Deaconess Hospital in Boston.
The victim’s condition is unknown at this time.