Jan 27, 2016 7:10 PM
Landrigan: State government salutes bevy of first responders to the tragic Wakefield crash
CONCORD - Last month, on an awful, sleety night, a Wolfeboro man died after a motorist hit a secret service detail coming back from a Hillary Clinton campaign event.
Wedneday, state leaders remembered that night when a legion of small towns came together to save lives.
"There was a lot of people working trying to extricate the people out so it was kind of like organized chaos,’’ said North Conway Ambulance Supervisor Dan Conger told NH1 News as he described the carnage he saw after a Ford Taurus carrying four Secret Service agents struck head on by another motorist in Wakefield.
"We had some challenges with the weather that night, freezing rain, sleet and the travel times trying to get the crews there," said Wakefield Fire Chief Todd Nason.
Gov. Maggie Hassan and the Executive Council issued commendations Wednesday to the nine communities that answered the call.
"On that evening the different crews worked in unison to achieve the best possible outcome for the situation they encountered and demonstrating the critical role that first responders play in protecting the public safety of Granite Staters and across our state," Hassan read.
No it’s not like that for first responders every winter’s night.
"Thank God there are not those every day. It is one of those accidents that was pretty horrific and it can be life changing for a lot of people especially the patients," Conger said.
And Hassan brought home what’s important to keep in mind.
"All of us keeping in our thoughts and prayers Special Agent Garrett Fitzgerald still recovering from significant injuries," she said.
Chief Political Correspondent Kevin Landrigan concludes, "When something horrific hits a small town like Wakefield you think can the first responders there handle it. Well the Secret would probably tell you these folks did just fine."