2015-04-29 / Local News

Firefighters receive Hurst Green Cross award

STAFF REPORT

Several members of the Gaffney Fire Department were honored Thursday with the presentation of a Hurst Green Cross award for their efforts in extricating a woman from a badly mangled vehicle Feb. 25.

Members of the department’s B-Shift were each presented with a certificate, a sticker for their fire helmets and a Green Cross patch.

The honors stemmed from their efforts Feb. 25 when the fire department responded to a single-vehicle accident on Petty Street during which a woman’s car struck a tree and overturned in a yard.

“It was one of those calls where we used every piece of equipment we had, and they (the firefighters) were looking for more,” said Fire Chief Jamie Caggiano.

Because of the severe damage to the vehicle and the position of the vehicle, it took firefighters a full hour to get the woman out.

“This was not your every-day extrication,” Caggiano said.

The woman rescued from the wreckage, Caggiano informed Gaffney City Council members during the presentation of the award, is now out of the hospital.

Hurst is a manufacturer of hydraulic extrication tools used by firefighters. Caggiano said recommendations for the Green Cross award are committee reviewed.

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