EAST GREENWICH — Five members of the East Greenwich Police Department were given a hero’s honor for their part in helping save the life of a local resident from possible Carbon Monoxide poisoning in her own home.
Lt. Brian Clement, Sgt. Stephen Garrett, Patrolmen David Petrucci and John Allen and Dispatcher James Aveyard were recognized at Swift Community Center Monday evening by Town officials and East Greenwich Police Chief Thomas Coyle for their heroism on the morning of March 1.
That day, Petrucci, as recalled by Coyle during Monday’s presentation, first responded to 170 Watch Hill Dr. to check on the wellbeing of a woman who had not gone into work as scheduled, which was out of the ordinary. Upon his arrival, Petrucci noticed a woman lying on the stairs at her residence on Watch Hill Drive, to which at that time Petrucci called for medical assistance.
Clement, Garrett and Allen then came to the residence for assistance to Petrucci and, despite the fact that the Carbon Monoxide levels inside the home being seven times the safe level and posed a severe threat to the lives of everyone involved, removed three East Greenwich citizens from the house, a mother, a father and a son – all of whom were unresponsive at the time.
Once the rescue crews arrived on scene, Coyle said the three were all rescued from the danger of the odorless gas and Clement shut down both the heating and hot water systems, as well as opened all of the windows to let out the Carbon Monoxide from the home. The three residents were transported to a nearby hospital and eventually recovered.
Coyle also said Aveyard conducted himself in a “superior and professional manner,” which contributed into the saving of the three individuals from their home on Watch Hill Drive.