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January 4, 2013

Letters to the Editor Jan. 5, 2013

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Within a minute of receiving the 9-1-1 call, the Dispatch Center triggered the alarm at the Plainfield Fire Department, and less than a minute later, an engine raced from the station with four specially trained firefighters aboard. While these firefighters were enroute, Gilbert maintained telephone communications with the 9-1-1 caller and even spoke to and reassured the frightened young victim. A second dispatcher, Christina Sells, was now in radio communications with the Plainfield engine.

Arriving at the rural location on Plainfield's far westside about four minutes later, the Plainfield firefighters discovered Sercer trapped inside the silage wagon with his legs wedged inside the auger and one of the beater bars. Still conscious and responsive, Sercer was losing a tremendous amount of blood and had a variety of broken bones, dislocated joints, and other wounds. The Plainfield firefighters quickly connected with the young man on a personal level, stabilized his medical situation, and assessed the situation; if the victim wasn't quickly extricated, he could very well bleed to death.

This would probably be a good time to let you know that virtually all Hendricks County fire departments are partners in a countywide Rescue Task Force in which the personnel, expertise, tools, equipment, and vehicles of each department is available to and shared with all the others if and when the need arises. This would be one of those times.

Plainfield's primary rescue vehicle, with all of its unique rescue tools and equipment, was unavailable, so the Brownsburg and Danville rescue squads were also dispatched to the scene. Coming the farthest (roughly 13 miles), Brownsburg was last to arrive on the scene, a mere 18 minutes after the 9-1-1 call was received. Local police were now also on the scene and the Lifeline helicopter from Methodist Hospital in Indianapolis, with a trauma team aboard, was already in the air and racing to the scene.

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