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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Pittsfield Recognizes Boys Who Tried to Help Swimmer
By Tammy DanielsiBerkshires Staff
Fire Chief Sammons explains what happened at Silver Lake on June 23.
PITTSFIELD, Mass. — Christopher Daniels just kind of shrugged Thursday morning when asked about how he and his brother, Skylar, had rushed to find help when they saw a swimmer in trouble at Silver Lake.
But first-responders said the 16-year-old was loud and clear on June 23 when he called 911 to report the emergency.
"They're the ones that initiated the 911 call, and they gave clear direction," said Fire Chief Thomas Sammons. "Their quick actions, and the conviction that was in Christian's voice — we knew that he was dead serious."
Both brothers were recognized by Mayor Linda Tyer and Sammons at a brief ceremony at the Columbus Avenue fire station on Thursday morning.
The board voted 3-2 on Monday to allow the bar on Lake Pontoosuc to open up seating and serve beer and wine on its patio under the governor's orders for Phase 2 that allows for outside dining.
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