To the Editor:
Multiple kudos to the Bremen volunteer emergency team.
I was a passenger, not a client, for a change. The team had been out several times to assist me, mostly when I had fallen, but not been hurt. I was hardly a serious challenge.
Last Wednesday, it was a much more serious situation. A friend had come to pick me up, to take me to the Spectrum Generations lunch, as he usually did; his wife was in the back seat. We reached the corner of Keene Neck Road and Rt. 32, when he pulled over, stopped the car, and said, “I think I’m having a heart attack.”
I pulled out my cell phone (more on that in a minute), and dialed 9-1-1. The first emergency responder I talked with didn’t seem to know where I was, although I told him several times. Frustrated, I said to him, “for God’s sake, get an ambulance out here fast,” while my friend was in such pain.
“I’ll call Lincoln County,” the responder finally told me. It’s about time, I said to myself.
Needless to say, I didn’t count the minutes that we waited, but it certainly was not very long, maybe five minutes, before the first EMT arrived; the ambulance and crew right behind him. They did what they could to stabilize him, got him into the ambulance, and took him to Miles.
Later that day, he was transferred to Maine Med, where three stents were installed. He’ll be back home in a few more days.
To think, I almost forgot and left the cell phone at home. His wife reminded me, as I was coming out the door, and I stuck it in my pocket.
This Bremen team is fast-responding and highly competent. Those of us who live here can feel secure that they will get the best help available in case of an emergency
Thank you, one and all.
Nancy B. Wilson, Bremen