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Firefighters honored for saving lives


'I'll thank them every day I'm alive'



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After honoring numerous firefighters for saving their lives from three separate incidents of cardiac arrest last year, Acting Fire Chief Mark DiFronzo (in motion at right) presented three men with “firefighter angel” pins. The three survivors are the ones not wearing uniforms — from right, Sugato Mitra, Jose Rodriguez and Robert Dumas. Gus Steeves. (click for larger version)
April 25, 2012
SOUTHBRIDGE — The Town Council honored a group of firefighters Monday, April 23, for saving three lives in separate incidents last year.

"I wouldn't be standing here tonight if it weren't for these great guys," said Robert Dumas. "I exercise all the time. It's nothing, and the next step I was out. I woke up a week later in the hospital."

Dumas had been out running along Eastford Road July 13, 2011, when he simply collapsed. Moments later, he found out afterward, Officer Richard Reddick arrived on the scene and started CPR until the ambulance crew arrived, shocked his heart back into rhythm, and took him to Harrington Hospital.

For more on this story, please see tomorrow's Southbridge Evening News.

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