“What a class act,” police chief says after officer exercises discretion and, instead of writing a ticket, does something unexpected.
MANCHESTER, N.H. —A photo of a local firefighter’s act of kindness during Thursday’s storm is going viral.
Firefighter Tom Faucher, who was assigned to Manchester Fire Department’s Engine 6 during the storm, saw an elderly woman having difficulty crossing Elm Street on Thursday afternoon. Heavy snow throughout the day made the trip difficult, so he got out of the apparatus to help her across the street.
Faucher said it was a collaborative effort between everyone on the engine. His commanding officer was the first to notice she was having a problem crossing the street, and the engine’s driver positioned the truck so Faucher could safely help her across the street.
“The lady seemed to be having some trouble getting up the road,” he said. “She had stopped at a snow bank right at Elm Street. I just asked her how her day was going and (asked) ‘How much further to you have to walk?’ and she said, ‘I’m doing good. I just got to get back across the street and I’ll get on my way.’”
Faucher, who has been on the fire department for a year and a half, said he’s a little surprised by all the attention.
“It’s just something we don’t expect,” Faucher said. “We come to work every day. We’re here to serve the public. … I just told her to have a nice day and obviously if she needs anything, just give us a call.”
The lieutenant inside the fire engine gave the order to stop traffic.
“Whether we’re on duty or off duty, I assume everybody would do the same thing, help somebody out when they need a hand,” Lt. Steve DesRuisseaux said.
People watching nearby snapped a few pictures, which went viral online.
An off-duty firefighter also noticed from the window of his apartment and snapped some photographs. Firefighters below didn’t realize the moment was being captured on camera.
There was no word on the woman’s name.
Tuesday morning, Amy Kapinos, the Wellesley owner whose dog, Crosby, was rescued, stopped by to thank firefighters.
Kapinos was walking Crosby in the Elm Bank Reservation in Wellesley when the dog fell into the water while crossing the icy river.
Kapinos was about to go out on the ice and get the dog, but firefighters responding to her frantic 911 call told her it was unsafe.
“(I was) pretty scared, but you try to remain calm and these guys were great,” Kapinos told NewsCenter 5’s Kelley Tuthill in an exclusive interview.
Firefighters Dave Papazian and Paul Delaney attached themselves to a rope and went into the freezing water to rescue the dog.
They pulled Crosby to shore, where they dried him off with blankets and a fire coat and returned him to Kapinos.
“We did a good job and it’s nice to be recognized. But that was it. It was our job,” Papazian said.
“A dog is a part of someone’s family, so no second thoughts about going in to get the dog,” said Delaney.
To show her appreciation, Kapinos brought Christmas cookies and gift certificates for the rescuers.
“They were great and it’s wonderful. I know people say, ‘It’s just a dog,’ but it’s part of someone’s family and they’re just great,” she said.
It’s a feel-good story, but Wellesley firefighters also have a serious message about Kapinos’ initial instinct to try to rescue the dog herself.
“The reality is it always seems to make the situation worse,” said Papazian. “You can imagine if she had gone through the water also, there would have been two to save.”
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