Jaws-of-Life used to extricate victim in rollover

BARRY’S BAY – When he began talking to the victims inside the totalled truck along Paugh Lake Road, Madawaska Valley Fire Chief Corwin Quade thought he was dealing with a fatality. On the morning of August 8, a Daly Contracting truck left the roadway at 757 Paugh Lake Road, struck a boulder, flipped and lodged itself against a tree. Four people were inside, and the two people who were sitting on the passenger side of the vehicle were able to get out from a broken window before emergency crews arrived. However, two people were still inside, both on the driver’s side of the truck. One individual was trapped in the driver’s seat and another was pinned in the back of the driver’s side. “When I spoke to the person, they didn't respond. I thought I was dealing with a fatality,” Quade said. “When I felt a pulse, it changed everything.” A minute or so later, the victim called out and asked if fire crews were going to get him out of the wreckage. “I assured him we would,” Quade said. To read the full story, pick up a copy of the August 15 Valley Gazette.