For Immediate Release: Chief Jenifer Collins-Brown and Chief Neal Hovey reports that during the night of Sunday May 24th into Memorial Day, May 25th, Topsfield Firefighters and Police Officers weer extremely busy responding to multiple emergency calls in Town as well as supporting other communities. Starting the night shift off early, a fire alarm was received at a house on Wenham Road. Wenham FD assisted TFD in that response as that area of town has no fire hydrants. After The Wenham Rd call the calls began to increase in number and complexity. Soon after, Topsfield Fire sent an Engine and Forestry Truck to the Towns of Georgetown and Rowley respectively to assist each one of their fire departments with several large brush fires all occurring simultaneously. Once back in Town, Topsfield Police had arrested a subject on outstanding warrants. While in custody, the patient began to feel ill and requested transport to the hospital, causing one of the on duty police officers to accompany the subject to the hospital with the fire department. Shortly thereafter, the police department was dispatched to assist the Ipswich Police Department with an altercation taking place at the Ipswich/Topsfield town line. Hours later, TFD crews were called back to the police station to assist with a medication issue with a person in custody. After rendering assistance at the police station, on their way back to the station at approximately 2:00 AM, the North Shore Regional 911 Center dispatched Ambulance 1 to 60 Main Street, the Proctor Elementary School, for a report of a person that fell off the roof there. The dispatcher advised responding units responding that CPR was reported to be in progress on the victim. A-1 arrived on scene and located the patient and several other individuals who had been trespassing on the roof of the school and were still on the roof of the school. The victim was unresponsive and had fallen from a higher section of the roof, Lieutenant Winfrey and his bother Firefighter Winfrey, along with Officer Giordano and a mutual aid officer from Boxford PD began rendering Basic Life Support while TFD Paramedics responded from off-duty to assist. Boxford PD responded to back up TPD, who still had to maintain supervision of the prisoner at the police station. Due to the elevated location of the scene, Lt Winfrey determined that Truck 1’s aerial ladder was necessary to remove the patient from the roof safely as it appeared he had suffered a serious head injury. Once the patient was removed safely from the roof via the ladder truck, TFD’s EMTs and Paramedics continued care and transported the patient to the closest trauma center. The patient was later transferred to a Boston Hospital for further treatment and care of serious injuries. As always, Topsfield Police and Fire’s thoughts are with the patient, in hopes for a speedy recovery, Topsfield Police Department are currently investigating the incident.
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