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HAND PINNED BY HURST CUTTER AT EXTRICATION

     

Tuesday, November 13, 2012 Tones went out at 1728 hours on 11/12/12 for a MVA roll over with entrapment on elm ave in fair lawn new jersey. I am a volunteer firefighter on fair lawn rescue at the time. I made the second due truck and arrived on scene of a car wedged between 2 trees standing on the passenger side. I was using the Hurst "O" cutter to cut the driver side B post when the tool slipped and pinned my hand between the tool and the tree with the throttle on close. So the tool kept putting more and more pressure on my hand. I ended up going to Valley Hospital in Ridgewood new jersey to find out that i have luckily evaded breaking any bones and possibly losing my hand thanking another member of the rescue squad Joel Hernandez for cutting power to the cutter and using a halligan tool to pry the tool away from my hand. I just have to follow up with a hand surgeon to find out if there is any nerve damage. In addition i am also a volunteer firefighter with Fair Lawn Engine Company 3 as well and also an Auxiliary Police Officer with the Fair Lawn Police Department.

I learned to always expect the unexpected when using an hydraulic tool and to survey my surroundings to make sure i do not get pinned again




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