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JUNE 6, 2006


3175 Princeton Pike, Lawrence Township

During the morning of Tuesday, June 6, 2006, Lawrence Road Fire Co. volunteers helped extricate a woman who was trapped inside the wreckage of her car.

It was 10:35 a.m. when Mercer County Central transmitted Box 23-40 and dispatched the Lawrenceville Fire Co. (Station 23), Rescue 22 from Lawrence Road Fire Co., and Rescue 21 from Slackwood Fire Co. for the accident on Princeton Pike near Princess Road.

Rescue 22 responded at 10:37 a.m., followed Rescue 23 at 10:38 a.m. and Rescue 21 at 10:39 a.m. and Telesquirt 23 at 10:41 a.m.

Ambulance 129-3 from Lawrence First Aid Squad also responded.

Rescue 22 was commanded by Assistant Chief Shaun Dlabik and driven by Paid Driver Robert Santello, with Capt. Michael Byrd, Capt. Michael Ratcliffe and Ff. Charles Commini Sr. as the crew.

Lawrence Township Fire Inspector Richard Soltis arrived on scene at 10:39 a.m. to find a two-car accident, with both vehicles off the roadway in the parking lot of 3175 Princeton Pike.

The driver of one of the cars was not injured, but the woman was trapped because her driverís door was jammed shut.

Rescue 22 arrived on scene at 10:40 a.m., followed seconds later by Rescue 23, and then Ambulance 129-3 at 10:41 a.m., and Rescue 21 at 10:43 a.m.

Fire Police Capt. Robert Hazen, who responded to the scene in his car, helped with traffic control.

Lawrenceville Capt. Gary Wasko assumed command and directed Rescue 22ís crew to go in service for the extrication. Rescue 23ís crew was ordered to provide fire suppression protection, and Rescue 21ís crew was ordered to stage nearby. Telesquirt 23 was recalled.

Rescue 22ís crew stabilized the car with cribbing, then used their Homatro Combi-Tool to quickly pop open the jammed driverís door.

The woman, who insisted she was not hurt, climbed out of the car before EMS personnel even had a chance to check her. The extrication was completed by 10:45 a.m.

Rescue 21 recalled at 10:45 a.m. Rescue 22 and Rescue 23 picked up their equipment and cleared the scene at 10:50 a.m. Rescue 22 was in quarters by 10:56 a.m.

All photos copyright (c) 2006 by Michael Ratcliffe.

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