Lincoln officer, Woodstock firefighters credited with saving homeowner's life
When the fire marshals visited the scene the next morning, they said the men should be commended for the action they took that night, Lincoln Fire Chief Ronald Beard said. A few minutes later and the victim wouldn't have survived.
At Monday night's Board of Selectmen meeting, Police Chief Ted Smith said he was putting in for a commendation for Officer Jeffrey Meier. The selectmen and Beard will write letters to the Woodstock selectmen and fire chief to recognize the heroic efforts of three members of their department, Andrew Williams, Michael Donahue and Shawn Wood.
The house is a single family, two-story residence owned and occupied by Sam Decoursey, Beard said.
By then, Wood, who is on the Woodstock department but lives in Lincoln, had gone to the scene. He picked Decoursey up and put him over his shoulder, carrying him to the police cruiser to be checked out.
Decoursey had been trying to get out, but fell down the stairs. He was incapacitated at that point and couldn't get out on his own, Beard said.
Beard said he can't say enough about the help the Woodstock Fire Department provided in fighting the fire. Since he became fire chief in April, he's worked hard to build good relationships with neighboring departments and it's really paid off.