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Volunteer firefighter commended for actions at crash scene

Chris Marchand

Chris Marchand served as editor of the Dryden Observer from August 2009 to April 2018.

Dryden volunteer firefighter Jason Hatch is being commended for his quick and professional actions at the scene of a motor vehicle rollover on Hwy. 17, Dec. 27.

Hatch was returning home from work in Ignace last Thursday afternoon when he came across a vehicle rolled over onto its roof in a deep ditch.

The firefighter found two occupants badly injured and trapped inside the smashed vehicle, with fuel leaking into the vehicle compartment and smoking from the engine compartment. With the danger of a fire occurring the firefighter cut the seat belt off one occupant and removed the person away from the car. The second occupant required more care to remove, and with the assistant of a civilian removed the injured occupant away from the vehicle, and administered first aid.

OPP, EMS Ambulances from Dryden & Ignace, and the Wabigoon Fire Department arrived soon after and assisted in treating and carrying the injured occupants to Ambulances, for transporting to the Dryden Hospital with serious injuries. All emergency service agencies wish to thank Jason Hatch for his actions on rescuing, removing and caring for the two persons until assistance and medical aid arrived on scene.

Hatch says his firefighter training paid off in helping these people in need, and the Dryden Fire Service congratulates him on his calm and professional assistance at this injury crash incident.

The Dryden OPP are investigating the cause of this crash.

Dryden Observer Staff

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