Press Release

Issued by Thomas G. Weber
Chief of Department

On July 22 at 9:30 pm., Manchester Fire-Rescue-Ems responded to 325 Bush Hill Road in the rural southwest section of town, for a report of a motor vehicle accident, people trapped and the vehicle on fire.

Upon arrival we found the front of a passenger car had a high speed impact with a large tree, the car was fully involved in fire with one passenger hanging out of the left front door trapped by her foot. She was being sprayed with a garden hose by a resident Mr. Lou Botti. Fire fighters attacked the fire and used the jaws of life to free the victim.

Two other patients were found on the ground near the car. It was reported that area resident Mr. Donald Milvae removed each of these victims from the car forcing open doors and pulling them out. His rescue was at great personal risk as the vehicle was rapidly becoming involved in fire. His actions are one of a hero, the passengers would not have survived without his intervention.

Town Fire fighter/paramedics treated the three passengers, all had serious injuries. They were stabilized on scene and then two were transported by Life Star to Hartford Hospital. The third victim was transported by ground ambulance again to Hartford Hospital. The rescuer, Donald Milvae and Fire Fighter James Deere were treated and released from Manchester Memorial Hospital for smoke inhalation. FF Deere climbed into the car while it was still on fire to rescue the trapped victim. His injuries were received during these actions.

The department response consisted of 4 Engine Companies, 1 Ladder Company, 2 Paramedic Companies, 3 Chief officers, for a total of 16 fire personnel, 3 ambulances and Manchester Police Officers.

The actions of both residents Lou Botti, and Donald Milvae where essential in saving the lives of three teenagers and providing the fire fighters and fire fighter/paramedics with patients they were able to further rescue, provide advanced life support for and transport to the hospital.

For any further info contact Manchester Fire-Rescue-EMS 860-647-3266