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First Responders Lift Pickup Truck Off Elderly Man

Officials said the Fairfield man suffered serious injuries when he became pinned under a pickup truck in his driveway — for nearly two hours.

Patch File Photo
Patch File Photo

The brute physical strength of several police and firefighters helped free an elderly man who was pinned under his pickup truck for nearly two hours Sunday evening.

Police said the 86-year-old man, Franc Us, was pinned for about an hour and a half before emergency crews arrived at his Stratfield Road residence at 6 p.m. on April 20. He was listed in critical condition at an area hospital Monday morning.

While police are still working to fill in all the blanks, a preliminary investigation has revealed that Us was attempting to park the pickup in his garage. When rescuers found him, his abdomen area was pinned between the driver's side door and the vehicle, which had become wedged against the garage.

The car was in drive and the keys were in the ignition, but the pickup was turned off when emergency responders arrived, police said.

According to a statement from a witness — a 26-year-old Fairfield woman who was attending a family party next door to Us' house at the time — there was a loud bang around 4:30 p.m. The witness reportedly told police she saw a pickup truck wedged against the garage, but that she didn't see anyone.

About an hour and a half later — at 5:58 p.m. — the woman reportedly heard loud cries for help as she was leaving her party, police said. It was at that time that she saw Us pinned under the vehicle and called 911, according to the police report.

Police and firefighters were on scene minutes later. After assessing the complexity of the rescue and the apparent severity of injuries, Fairfield firefighters determined that the quickest way to get the vehicle off of Us was to lift it themselves.

"Due to the wedged patient, complexity of the area and tight access, multiple options both of a mechanical and pneumatic were contemplated to free the trapped elderly man, but it was low-tech brute strength teamwork with the assistance of on scene police officers that helped free the patient," Assistant Chief Erik Kalapir said. 

The rescue was caught on video by DoingItLocal.com and shared on YouTube — a copy of which has been embedded with this article.

As is the case with similar incidents, the Fairfield Police Department's investigation will include a determination of whether alcohol or drugs played a factor in the accident, Lt. James Perez said.


Jim Eastwood April 22, 2014 at 06:17 AM
To All OUTSTANDING JOB FFD !!!! To Fairfield Resident BOOOO !! Take the tet Take the job then make a statement like you did !!!!!
Joe Mancini April 22, 2014 at 10:51 AM
Fairfield Resident-You are nothing but a troll.
Gary Jeanfaivre April 22, 2014 at 11:19 AM
Actually, it should be noted that several of the firefighters in the video exhibited near picture-perfect lifting techniques and none were injured, according to Deputy Chief Chris Tracy — not surprising given that they are also program leaders in the department's fitness initiative.
Jim Eastwood April 22, 2014 at 11:31 AM
Gary EXCELLENT POINT !!!!!! Fairfield Resident TAKE NOTE !!! And what if it was YOU or your Family Would you have made a comment like that???? THINK !!!!!!
Kevin April 22, 2014 at 04:51 PM
Take a breath Eastwood.Dont put it past them. I know several of them from the past that have pulled this.

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