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Building Dreams for Marines takes on project to help one of their own
BEDFORD, N.H. — When Gunnery Sgt. Bernie Ruchin was in combat on the island of Saipan during World War II, he took some artillery shrapnel in his right knee.
He didn’t know that the injury would eventually catch up to him in October when his knee gave way walking down the stairs of his home in Bedford. Ruchin tore four tendons and is currently going through rehabilitation.
Now, his fellow Marines are coming to his aid just as they would on the battlefield, but this time, they’re remodeling his bathroom.
The Building Dreams for Marines organization, a local nonprofit that does construction projects for Marines in need, is spearheading the effort.
Ruchin said he has trouble showering because of his knee injury, and the group is volunteering its efforts to build him a bathroom that is more suitable to his needs.
This is the fifth project for the organization, which has helped wounded Marines returning from recent combat missions. This time, it’s helping a Marine who served in combat for 12 years in WWII and Korea.
The renovation project will construct a new shower and put in a railing system to help Ruchin navigate his home more easily.
Ruchin said he likes to see such projects go to the younger guys, but he realized he needed some help and was convinced to let the Marines do the job.
The project is being overseen by Cobb Hill Construction and is expected to be completed by next Thursday.
BOSTON — The car of a man pumping gas at a Boston gas station was hit by another vehicle, pinning him between his car and a post for 10 minutes before firefighters freed him.
Officials say the other driver, a 65-year-old Quincy woman, told first responders on Sunday she was unfamiliar with the gas station and hit the accelerator instead of the brake. Her vehicle hit the 48-year-old Dorchester man’s car Sunday morning at a Citgo gas station at 741 Morrissey Blvd.
Carrollynne Post, who spent eight years in the U.S. Marine Corps, rushed over to help.
“He was bleeding a lot, so I took the belt off my coat, and I just put a tourniquet on him,” Post said. “Just took my coat off and shoved it under him and just waited for the EMTs.”
Post even called the man’s wife.
“She said, ‘What do you mean he’s pinned?’ I told her, ‘Just come here. He’s fine, he’s just asking for you,’” Post said.
As firefighters worked to free him using air bags and other equipment, the gas station’s overhead fire extinguishing system activated, dumping powder onto the fire trucks and first responders.
Boston Fire Department spokesman Steve MacDonald said the man suffered serious but not life-threatening leg injuries and a firefighter was taken to the hospital after inhaling some of the extinguishing powder.
Boston police said the driver was not cited but they recommend that her license be reviewed.
Sgt. Daniel Vasselian killed in Afghanistan last December
ABINGTON, Mass. — The brother of a Massachusetts Marine killed in Afghanistan used Wednesday’s snowstorm to honor him in a unique way.
Joe Vasselian, 24, built a snow sculpture in memory of his brother, Sgt. Daniel Vasselian.
The Abington native died Dec. 23 in combat operations in Helmand Province, Afghanistan.
Joe Vasselian’s simple caption for the photo posted on Instagram was “love you bro.”
Joe said he’s always enjoyed making snowmen for his grandmother, who lives next door, but was inspired to make something to remember his brother in this recent winter storm.
Thousands of people lined the streets, roads and overpasses of Boston and surrounding suburbs in support when Sgt. Daniel Vasselian’s body was brought from Logan Airport back to his hometown.