Salem Community Patriot December 17, 2010 - 5
Icy Roads Cause Serious Accidents by Andrea Ganley-Dannewitz
Salem fire and police officials were kept very busy on Sunday, with 25 responses to emergencies in less than 24 hours. From midnight on Sunday, December 12, to midnight on Monday, December 13, Salem fire department averaged over one call per hour. Everything from a very serious two-alarm fire to medical calls and serious motor vehicle accidents kept rescue personnel and police on their toes. At 6:51 a.m. on Sunday, police and fire officials responded to the area of East Broadway and Jamil Lane for a report of a head-on motor vehicle collision. They were also notified of very icy road conditions. Officers arriving at the scene found a green Ford Taurus had collided with a B&H Oil delivery truck. The driver of the Taurus, Mark Paradise, 19, of Salem, was on
his way to pick up a friend for a day of snowboarding in the North Country. Paradise, a 2009 graduate of Salem High School, did not make it to his destination. Police are still investigating the cause of the crash and are taking into consideration the dangerous road conditions. Paradise sustained significant injuries as a result of the crash and firefighters that arrived on scene immediately requested a helicopter for transport. The medics’ initial assessment of the victim and what it would take to get him out of the vehicle is why they requested a helicopter, but due to the weather conditions, locating a helicopter that could fly out was difficult. Assistant Fire Chief Paul Parisi said the initial assessment before extrication began to remove Paradise from his crushed vehicle was
estimated to take nearly 40 minutes. It was truly a miracle that rescue workers had him freed from the vehicle in 12 minutes, he said. Paradise was transported to Lawrence General Hospital as a
trauma alert. A helicopter did take him from Lawrence General Hospital to a hospital in Boston, MA, for treatment of his injuries. According to his family, Paradise sustained extensive injuries and underwent surgery on Monday. His condition at this time is critical, but he has been stabilized. Salem Police Department’s Technical Accident Reconstruction
Team closed down the area of East Broadway and Route 111 on Sunday for several hours to allow police to thoroughly investigate the crash. In addition to the Salem Police Department’s TAR team, New Hampshire State Police Troop G also responded to assist in the investigation. The crash is still under investigation, as Paradise’s car was towed from the scene to Salem Police Department for a motor vehicle “autopsy” as part of the investigation. Chief Parisi said that while rescue crews were on the scene at the accident on East Broadway extricating Paradise from the awful wreck, their department was flooded with calls reporting more serious motor vehicle accidents along I-93, most likely caused by icy road conditions. At least one other patient was also put out as a trauma alert to Lawrence General Hospital due to a rollover with entrapment. “It was a very busy weekend and a very long weekend,” Chief
Parisi said of the numerous calls they responded to in just a 24-hour period.
Trying to Take Christ Out of Christmas? You Decide
by Andrea Ganley-Dannewitz Long-time Salem resident Bill Guay considers himself a good Christian. He attends church, abides by the law, and truly enjoys Christmas and all it stands for. Like many, he sees the ridiculous, trivial attempts to change long-standing traditions when it refers to God, such as people trying to remove “In God We Trust” from United States currency and dropping the line “under God” from the Pledge of Allegiance. He has said little about it all, but when the Christmas season came around and he prepared to send anywhere from 100 to 125 Christmas cards and couldn’t access traditional, faith-based Christmas postage stamps at the United States Post Office, he just couldn’t bear to keep it to himself. First, Bill visited a small substation post office in Methuen, MA, looking for the traditional Christian Christmas postage stamp featuring the Christ Child. He was told they did not have any. He was surprised, but moved on to the post office in Salem. No luck there, either. One thing he did notice is that holiday stamps were available, but not any for any particular religion. When Bill asked why this was,
no one could give him an answer. He was even told by one postal employee that the stamp featuring the Christ Child was not a good seller. He truly couldn’t believe it and was irate.
“I send out anywhere from 100 to 125 Christmas cards every year and receive about 100 in return. To think that a stamp for Christmas that has been traditional for many years had suddenly been made unavailable really made me irritated,” Bill said.
He continued to look around and make phone calls to the United States Postal Service demanding a definitive answer. He never really got one. Finally, he was told by another postal worker that the Christ Child stamp could be purchased through the postal service’s Website or by calling their toll-free number. He felt this was ridiculous and unfair not having these stamps readily available for customers to purchase at the post office.
“In the post offices I went to, there was no sign or notice informing the public of this. I feel they are trying to take the reason for the season away—taking Christ out of Christmas. This is tradition and they are
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Two-Alarm Fire Destroys Home, Firefighter Injured, Pets Perish in the Blaze
by Andrea Ganley-Dannewitz A Salem family has lost
everything in a two-alarm fire that quickly destroyed their Seed Street home. The fire was reported to fire officials and police at 12:15 a.m. on Sunday, December 12. Fire officials say they received the call reporting the blaze and that one of the occupants of the home had gotten out, but the fire was significant. Fire department officials responded and were on scene within three minutes and quickly began an immediate attack of the blaze. Assistant Fire Chief Paul Parisi said the second floor of the Cape-style home was
completely engulfed when they arrived. Firefighters made several attempts initially to enter the residence and attack the fire from the interior of the home, but were forced to back out and fight it from the outside. The fire quickly went from a one-alarm working fire to a two-alarm blaze, bringing in mutual aid from Windham, Derry, Hampstead, Pelham, and Methuen and Lawrence, MA. A total of 33 firefighters from Salem and the surrounding communities were at the scene fighting the blaze. Chief Parisi said there were fortunately no other calls for service at the time they responded, allowing all 15 firefighters on shift to be ready and available. This also was a big help in their quick response and immediate attack on the fire. “We were on scene within three minutes and found a two-story, Cape-style home completely engulfed. We began an immediate attack on the flames, but were unable to stay inside the residence to get at it from the interior. This fire had a big head start on the firefighters. We had to use streams on the outside to fight it. The second floor of the house sustained very significant fire damage and the first floor of the home sustained heavy smoke and water damage in addition to fire damage,” Chief Parisi said. Fire crews remained on scene until about 5 a.m. and the cause of the fire has not yet been determined. Fire Marshal Jeffrey Emanuelson said they are looking closer at the electrical system of the home and that the cause of the fire continues to remain under investigation.
While fighting the blaze, one Salem firefighter sustained a knee injury when his foot and leg fell through a floor inside the home,
causing his knee to twist pretty badly. Fortunately, he was able to pull himself to safety and receive assistance from fellow firefighters. He was transported by Derry Fire Department to Holy Family Hospital in Methuen for treatment of his injury. In addition to the very significant and severe fire damage the residence sustained, the family lost three of the family dogs in the blaze. The occupants of the home, Christopher Lefebvre and his two teenage children, were able to escape and were not injured. However, the family has lost everything and the home is uninhabitable. It is possible that the home may have to be torn down. Mr. Lefebvre’s wife, Tricia, passed away last year and the loss they feel is still unimaginable. Now, many pictures, jewelry, and sentimental memories that the family had of her have also been lost due to the fire, and all right before Christmas. The family is receiving help from friends, neighbors, and family, as well as the Red Cross, but Mr. Lefebvre still doesn’t know what the family will do to rebuild or what it will take to do so.
joining the minority in trying to remove God from everything. This move on their part is offensive to Christians and others who worship Christ,” Bill said. Bill ended up purchasing his stamps from the postal service’s Website, received them, and sent his cards on his way, but did notice that of the cards he has received, only one had a Christ Child stamp on it this year. He just felt he shouldn’t stay quiet about it any longer. “I contacted several media outlets and some did look into it. People really need to go ahead and say something if they feel strongly about it. My feeling is that we have become so passive, allowing little things such as Christmas tradition to be taken away from us. More and more will be taken, making things like a Christmas tradition lost to us or made unavailable if we don’t do something about it. Out forefathers fought and died for us to have and hold our beliefs and traditions—not for them to be taken away,” Bill said. Bill wants to know why others are not complaining. “We are going downhill on a very slippery slope—missing the traditions in what was wonderful times,” he added.
Benefits of Outdoor Skills
The Association of Fish & Wildlife Agencies has released a
white paper “Benefits of Outdoor Skills to Health, Learning and Lifestyle,” a literature review documenting the contributions of outdoor skills and wildlife-related outdoor education to health, learning, and lifestyle in general, and fishing and hunting participation in particular. When young people are able to connect with the outdoors regularly, the positive outcomes are profound. They are happier, healthier from the physical exercise, the effects of attention- deficit disorder (ADD) are reduced, and they score higher on standardized tests when natural environments are integrated into school curricula. A growing body of studies suggests that contact with nature is as important to children as good nutrition and adequate sleep: time spent outdoors correlates with increased physical activity and fitness in children, exposure to green space reduces crime, and increases general well-being and ability to focus; children as young as five have shown a significant reduction in the symptoms of ADD when they are engaged in outdoor activities in natural settings. Research indicates that there could be reductions in crime as a result of outdoor education. Overall, the literature implies the need to adopt a broader- based conception of health from a holistic, ecological perspective that moves beyond human physical and mental health to one that includes familial, communal, national, international, and global ecological health. Active living is crucial to healthy lifestyles and leads to potentially greater participation in fishing and hunting. The “Benefits of Outdoor Skills” white paper can
be downloaded from http://www.fishwildlife.org/pdfs/
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