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Man falls through ice on Cocheco River

DOVER, N.H. — A 911 call is being credited with saving a man’s life Friday after he fell into an icy river.

Senior citizens in a high-rise spotted the man’s head peaking out of a hole in the ice on the Cocheco River, called 911, and the victim was pulled to safety minutes later.

Rescuers said the man was trying to walk across the river Friday afternoon and thought it was frozen solid.

“Residents of a nearby elderly housing complex looked out their back window and saw this guy neck deep in the water, through a hole in the ice, basically with his arms out, trying to hold himself up (and) calling for help,” Dover Police Department Capt. Paul Haas said.

Dover police arrived first. They tried to help the victim from a footbridge.

“They were able to lower a rope down from the footbridge, about 40 feet down, where the gentleman was through the ice and actually get him to secure the rope around his body, so he was hanging onto that when we got there,” Haas said.

Dover firefighters, who just held ice rescue training two weeks ago, suited up to go in, including firefighter Craig Comeau. The rescue workers also fell through the ice.

“I told him my name, I got his name, and I just let him know that I was there, and I was going to grab a hold of him, and the suit would hold us up, and we weren’t going to sink. We were going to get him out of the water,” Comeau said.

Rescuers dragged the man safely to shore. He was hypothermic but stabilized at the hospital.

Rescue workers said they remember hearing applause coming from the senior citizens who called 911.

“Someone falls through the ice, you don’t have a lot of time, so he certainly, probably, had someone looking over his shoulder,” Haas said.


QUINCY, Mass. — An MBTA bus driver suffered a seizure while driving through Quincy Point over the weekend, prompting at least one passenger to help him stop the bus, the Patriot Ledger reported.

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At about 5 p.m. Saturday, a caller to the fire department reported that the driver of an MBTA bus had experienced a full-body seizure while driving on Washington Street, down the street from the Fore River Bridge, Deputy Fire Chief Ed Fenby said.

When firefighters arrived, the bus was pulled over to the side of the road and a passenger was leaning over the driver’s seat and had his foot on the brake while the bus was still in gear, Fenby said Monday.

“My first thing was to put my foot on the brake and put it into neutral. I stood there and held the guy until the EMTs came,” passenger Richard Hiort said.

“Must have been horrible for him. It is like, this poor guy. And the look on his face. I don’t think I will forget it. He was so scared,” passenger Patricia Foster said.

The driver, 37, received medical treatment at the scene and was taken by ambulance to Quincy Medical Center, police said.

There were no reports of injured passengers or pedestrians, Fenby said.

The 911 call from a passenger went to State Police, who alerted Transit Police that a bus driver was in distress and that the bus was pulled over safely to the side of the road.


Two men held on bail in Nesmith Street incident

LAWRENCE, Mass. — Two men face charges after allegedly breaking into a woman’s Lawrence home while she barricaded herself in her bedroom and called for help.

A Nesmith Street resident was home on Tuesday when she heard someone trying to break into her home. The woman locked herself in her bedroom and called her husband.

“My wife called me very quietly to say someone was trying to break in,” the woman’s husband said.

The husband then called 911.

When the intruders went upstairs, the woman yelled and they fled. The woman was able to get a look at the men as they fled.

David Rivera, 19, of Lawrence; and Luis Contreras, 19, of Haverhill; were both charged with breaking and entering in the daytime to commit a felony and receiving stolen property of more than $250.

The men had some of the stolen items in their possession at the time of their arrests, police said.

The two men were held on $1,500 bail.

Lawrence police chief James Fitzpatrick said the woman was “very brave in a scary situation,” but it would have saved time if she had dialed 911 directly.


Fire breaks out in home on Dartmouth Street

NEW BEDFORD, Mass. — A 9-year-old boy’s 911 call brought New Bedford police and firefighters to a serious fire and may have saved lives, officials said.

The house fire on Dartmouth Street broke out early Saturday morning.

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“He was giving us the information that there were people trapped,” said New Bedford Fire Chief Michael Gomes.

Two people were rescued by police and firefighters and taken to local hospitals in serious condition.  A third person suffered less serious injuries.

The boy made it out safely.

The cause of the fire is under investigation.


The calls, made over the past two years, included 220 non-emergency requests between January and September

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A woman accused of making more than 400 non-emergency 911 calls — sometimes calling six times per day — during the past two years was convicted Monday of making a false emergency report and other charges.

Linette Young, 43, allegedly made the hundreds of false 911 reports since January 2011. The calls included 220 requests for paramedic assistance between January and September 2013, according to the Los Angeles City Attorney’s office.

Young was convicted on 12 counts of annoying or harassing 911 calls and 13 counts of making a false emergency report. She was sentenced to three years probation, 180 days in jail and mandatory psychological counseling, according to the city attorney’s office.

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She also was ordered to have no contact with the Los Angeles Fire Department and stop using the emergency 911 service for non-emergencies.

Young sought medical aid at a West Slauson Avenue fire station, but firefighter-paramedics who treated Young determined she had no medical issues, according to the city attorney. A restitution hearing at which the costs to the city will be determined is scheduled for February.

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The call resulted in multiple emergency responses.

“This conviction is part of our work to ensure that the public’s lifeline is not abused,” said LA City Attorney Mike Feuer.

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KPCC obtained one of the phone calls used as evidence in the case (audio posted below). The caller can be heard complaining about a medical issue and lack of response before telling the dispatcher to cancel the request for service.

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