PITTSFIELD, Mass. — When a teenager fell some 25 feet into an abandoned cistern at Springside Park, firefighter Mike Marran was the first one down the hole to reach him.
He kept Devon Goewey calm and talked sports as he took care of the boy's wounds and secured him into a halfback so other first-responders could pull him out through a tripod set up. It is what Marran is trained to do as a member of the Western Massachusetts Technical Rescue Team.
"The kid was amazing," Marran said.
But, the job didn't end just then. The Pittsfield Fire Department's B Group got in touch with 16-year-old Devon shortly after to see how he was doing.
"We invited him up to headquarters and had lunch with him. We served him all of kinds of food," Marran said.
Devon left with a full stomach and some Pittsfield Fire Department swag. Marran wasn't there for it though. He had technical rescue training that day. It was disappointing but the two still wanted to get in touch and eventually connected over the phone.
"We've been in contact several times, just chatting back and forth," Marran said.
The two share a lot in common. They both share a love for sports, particularly football. Devon played on the Pittsfield High team and Marran on the McCann Technical School team when he was younger. Devon is a Giants fan while Marran is a Patriots fan, which makes for some humorous jabs back and forth.
On Wednesday, Marron had the afternoon off and got to meet Devon face to face in an environment much different than down in a 25-foot hole or in a hospital room.
The two met for lunch at the Hot Dog Ranch and forged a new bond over wings and mozzarella sticks.
It isn't often first-responders reconnect with the people they helped but Marran is glad that in this case they did.
"This is the reason I became a firefighter," Marran said.
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Berkshires Beat: Final 3rd Thursday of Season Features Walk a Mile Event
Walk a Mile
Upstreet Pittsfield's award-winning street festival, 3rd Thursdays, returns for the final event of the season on Thursday, Sept. 19, with the ninth annual Elizabeth Freeman Center Walk a Mile in Her Shoes event. The largest free outdoor event series in the Berkshires, 3rd Thursdays are family friendly and open to all. North Street will be closed to vehicular traffic from West Street to Linden Street and will be filled with music, performance, food and community activities.
The annual "Walk a Mile in Her Shoes" will be the main attraction at September's Third Thursday festivities. People will once again sport women's footwear in an effort to stamp out sexual assault and gender violence. The event steps off at the main stage at Persip Park at the corner of Columbus Avenue and North Street. Registration begins at 5 pm and following opening remarks, the walk starts at 6 pm. The participants will don women's shoes, or decorate their own and will take donations before, during and after the event.
Proceeds benefit the Elizabeth Freeman Center in Pittsfield, Berkshire County's domestic violence/rape crisis center. Advance registration is encouraged online. The Hoping Machine will be performing at Persip Park following the start of the walk.
In addition, 3rd Thursday will feature Whiskey Treaty Roadshow, a collaborative band that brings together five Massachusetts singer-songwriters in the vein of Americana, rock and roots-folk music, from 5:45 to 7:15 p.m., the Jacob’s Pillow Dance Zone near St. Joseph’s Church, which will feature the Barkha Dance Company (BDC), more than 100 vendors, miniature train rides and more.
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