Prompt fire, EMS response saves man’s life

  • Friday, December 6, 2013

The quick response of Dorchester County Fire & Rescue and Dorchester County EMS to a call for help Friday morning on Primrose Lane in Ridgeville most likely saved a man’s life.

DCFR Company 4 and Company 8 – Givhans and Ridgeville – were dispatched to a call for a 40-year-old man with his arm trapped in a Harvester.

According to the incident report, a neighbor told police he heard someone yelling from the field and when he ran over he saw a blue Ford tractor running and found the victim. He said the man’s arm was stuck up to his elbow.

The neighbor secured the tractor and called 911.

When the Dorchester County Sheriff’s deputy arrived he saw the man with his arm trapped in a two-row corn picker.

DCFR personnel had to take the machine apart to fee the man whose arm was entangled up to his elbow, said Chief A.B. Atkinson III. “They were able to get his arm out and it went with him on the helicopter.”

DCFR, Life Net medics and DCEMS worked to save the man and his arm.

The arm was caught between the wrist and the elbow, said the neighbor, who did not try to take the machine apart because he felt that EMS needed to be involved in that.

“I didn’t think it was appropriate without medical personnel on the scene,” he said.

“I did nothing more than anyone else would have done in the same situation,” said the neighbor.

The neighbor said everyone at the scene made every attempt to save the arm but ultimately, it could not be saved.

“I am sad that happened to my friend,” he said, He is a good neighbor and a good freind.”

The man was airlifted to MUSC by Life Net. MUSC lists the man in “good condition.”

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