Boy rescued after falling into cement reservoir near Springside Park
PITTSFIELD — First responders rescued a teenage boy late Monday afternoon after he fell nearly 30 feet to the bottom of an empty reservoir at the edge of Springside Park.
Pittsfield firefighters were first on the scene shortly after 4 p.m., accessing an all-terrain vehicle path that led to the reservoir in an open field about a quarter-mile off Broadview Terrace. Neighborhood resident Brian Kelly initially led rescuers to the 100-by-100-foot concrete structure, where they found the 16-year-old male conscious, but in some pain.
"He was scared and saying, 'Please help, please help,'" Kelly told The Eagle.
The reservoir rises about 3 to 4 feet above ground and is partially cordoned off by a chain-link fence, according to Pittsfield Deputy Fire Chief Matt Noyes.
Noyes called in the Western Massachusetts Technical Rescue Team that includes several members of the Pittsfield Fire Department, who are well trained in making such difficult rescues.
"While we waited for them to arrive and set up, we had a paramedic [from Action Ambulance] up above talk to the boy, keeping him at ease," he said. "We also lowered a small oxygen bottle and mask to him as he was having trouble breathing."
Once a city firefighter and paramedic reached the teenager via a manhole and narrow entrance, they stabilized the victim. Nearly 90 minutes after falling into the reservoir, the injured teen was hoisted up and placed on a stretcher. The stretcher was strapped to the back of an ATV and hauled out of the wooded area. The teenager, who wasn't identified, was taken to Berkshire Medical Center for treatment. He apparently suffered at least a broken wrist as his right forearm was splinted.
Pittsfield firefighter and technical rescue team member Capt. Mitch Kellar said the youth was alert before being put into an ambulance.
The boy had been exploring the area with his cousin, according to the boy's sister, who did not wish to be named.
Noyes says having part of the regional technical rescue team based in the Berkshires is a lifesaver.
"This shows how important the team's skills are to the county," he said.
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