North Attleborough Fire Department recognized at EMS conference


By Max Bowen

The North Attleborough Fire Department was among those recognized for their role in responding a stabbing incident last summer.

Several members of the department—along with the Attleboro and Plainville fire departments—received the Exceptional Response in EMS Award at the annual Bristol EMS Conference, held on Jan. 22. Several other awards were given out that day for EMS departments, nurses, and physicians. Those members of the NAFD who were recognized include Ed Little, Brian Kelley, Thomas McGee, Capt. Brian Brousseau, Shawn Brillon, Lt. Curt Chretien, Eric Depp, Eric Gledhill, Armani Flores, Shad Blake, and Joe Underhill.

On Aug. 30, North Attleborough responded to a report of a stabbing on Birch Road. The Plainville and Attleboro departments were soon called in to offer mutual aid. North Attleborough Fire Chief Christopher Coleman said the response by the three departments showed the effectiveness of the command structure.

They gave every possible opportunity for the patients to recover from their injuries,” said Coleman.

Police were met by one of the victims, who was bleeding and holding their abdomen. The victim told police that they had been stabbed by Daniel Randall, 19, who was later arrested. They were treated at the scene by paramedics before being rushed to Sturdy Memorial Hospital. Two additional victims, were located inside the home. Both died as a result of their injuries.

Dr. Trinh Tran of Sturdy Memorial Hospital, who also received the award with the three departments, said one of the patients arrived with a weak pulse. After clearing the area of the wound, doctors were able to strengthen their heart function and later transported them to Rhode Island Hospital.