On July 12, at Wilton’s Street Fair and Sidewalk Sale, a member of Wilton CERT was badly injured–so badly, he could have died. Thanks to the quick actions of Wilton firefighters–specifically FF Mike Blatchley–the man survived. On Monday night, Aug. 18, at the Board of Selectmen meeting, Blatchley was recognized by Wilton Fire Chief Ronald Kanterman and the selectmen. Below, is a letter of thanks from Brian McDermott, the man whose life Blatchley saved.

Last month, at the Wilton Chamber of Commerce Street Fair, while on a deployment for Wilton CERT, an unfortunate freak accident occurred, and I gravely injured myself with a wound to my artery in my left wrist.

I was losing blood fast and time was not on my side.  Luckily Firefighter Mike Blatchley and Lt. Gregg Kitik were already on the scene for the event itself and just a couple of feet from me. Lt. Kitik was on his radio instantly requesting the ambulance, and FF Blatchley went into action.

Merely saying thank you to the man that saved my life seems to fall far short in comparison for what FF Blatchley did for me on July 12. It’s a debt that can never be repaid. A couple of days after the incident I walked into fire headquarters and shook Mike’s hand behind closed doors. At this week’s Board of Selectmen meeting, it was a privilege to attend FF Michael Blatchley’s public recognition ceremony for his actions that day.

On behalf of myself & my family, thank you:  for your quick thinking, for your tireless training, for never leaving my side – all the way to the hospital, and for risking your life, every day.

This is for all the times no one comes back to say that to you.

It is not taken for granted, I promise you.  That goes to all of our firefighters, police, and volunteer ambulance corps members.  Thanks for what you ALL do, every day!

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