Passing paramedics call in fire, aid in rescue
Paramedics in an ambulance passing the scene of a house fire at 973-975 Hancock St. Wednesday reported the three-alarm blaze and rushed into the building, helping to save 10 residents, including three children, Brewster Ambulance Service said. A Quincy police sergeant in the area also spotted the fire that broke out at about 10 p.m., and assisted. Paramedics T.J. Hutton and Nicola McCormack were transporting a patient when they saw flames. Hutton “immediately notified our dispatch center, they weren’t aware, and they called Quincy fire,” said Johnathon Bobbitt-Miller, a Brewster shift commander. “He pulled the truck over, put it in park, and ran up the stairs” to the house, while McCormack remained in the ambulance to treat their patient.
JFK Library announces New Frontier winners
Florida Congressman Carlos Curbelo and May Boeve, the director of a campaign to fight climate change, are this year’s recipients of John F. Kennedy New Frontier Awards, the JFK Library Foundation announced Thursday. The awards, created by the JFK Library Foundation and the Institute of Politics at the Harvard Kennedy School, are presented annually to two Americans under the age of 40 who are making local and national changes through public service, the foundation said in a statement. “With his vision for a New Frontier, President Kennedy challenged young Americans to take on great challenges, solve complex problems and work for a better future,” Jack Schlossberg, Kennedy’s grandson and a member of the awards committee, said in the statement. One of the awards, the Fenn Award, is presented to a young elected official, the foundation said. This year, Curbelo, 37, a Republican, will receive the award for his work on difficult policy problems across party lines. The awards ceremony is set for Nov. 16.
Opioids treatment outpatient center opens
A new treatment center opened in Rhode Island to help combat the opioid epidemic. Governor Gina Raimondo called the epidemic the most urgent public health crisis the state faces during an appearance at Butler Hospital in Providence on Thursday, during the center’s grand opening. The hospital chain Care New England is offering medication-assisted treatment for opiate addiction 24 hours a day, seven days a week, through the new outpatient program. Patients are being seen at Butler and an outpatient facility in North Kingstown, Continuum Behavioral Health at Meadows Edge. (AP)
City clears disputed homeless encampment
Burlington has cleaned up the remnants of a homeless encampment that is at the center of a class-action lawsuit filed by the American Civil Liberties Union. A federal judge ruled last month that the city could dismantle the encampment where three men had been staying while their case proceeds through court. City workers cleaned up the site Thursday. The homeless men left Wednesday, with one telling the Burlington Free Press that they had found another place to camp. The ACLU had filed a class action lawsuit on behalf of the men and Burlington’s homeless population saying the city is violating their rights by threatening to close down the encampment without finding alternative housing. (AP)