WINSLOW – Next MONDAY APRI L 13, 2015 AT 7:00 PM, two officers from the Winslow Police Department and a Firefighter from the Winslow Fire Department will be recognized by the Winslow Town Council for their individual life saving actions during two separate events in less than a month.
On THURSDAY , FEBRUARY 26, 2015 A T 12:53 AM SERGEANT HALEY FLEMING AND FIREFIGHTER BEN LOUBIER were dispatched to a reported structure fire on Matheson Avenue in Winslow . Upon their arrival, Sgt. Fleming immediately located the female resident who was frantic and disoriented outside the residence, with bellowing smoke coming from inside her house. She frantically ran back into building to retrieve personal belongings, animals and to extinguish the fire. Fearing for her personal safety, Sgt. Fleming and Firefighter Loubier entered the burning building, while full of toxic smoke so to remove her.
However, due to owner’s frantic state of mind, she refused to leave the burning building, and started to physically resist Sgt. Fleming by striking him several times. Continuing to fear for her safety, Sgt. Fleming forcibly picked her up, and removed her from the building. At the same time Firefighter Loubier, who had just cleared from a structure fire in Waterville immediately started to attack the structure fire and assist Sgt. Fleming. Seconds after removing her from the structure it flashed over engulfing the entire interior portion of the structure.
If it was not for Sergeant Haley Fleming and Firefighter Ben Loubier quick response and actions , the resident would have certainly been overcome from the toxic fumes, eventual flash over, and would have succumb t o the fire. The Winslow Police Department and Winslow Fire Department expresses its appreciation to Sergeant Haley Fleming’s and Firefight er Ben Loubier timely actions and the professional manner in which they performed their duty. That evening, they valiantly and selflessly put their own safety at risk to save another individual. This is a true testament to their character and professional responsibility to the community they serve.
On MARCH 27, 2015 AT 2:02 PM, LT. JOSH VEILLEUX was notified of a male individual in crisis considering suicide by jumping off the Ticonic Bridge which connects Winslow and Waterville. Upon receiving this information, Lt. Veilleux and other units responded to investigate. Lt. Veilleux arrived first on scene and immediately made contact with the distraught individual. Lt. Veilleux introduced himself in a positive, non-confrontational and caring manner. Using his crisis intervention skills and personal history, Lt. Veilleux calmly and successfully talked the individual in crisis from not going through with his suicide plans. If it was not for Lt. Josh Veilleux quick response, actions and more importantly his compassion, this individual would have certainly gone through with his plan of taking his life.
The Winslow Police Department expresses its appreciation to Lt. Josh Veilleux‘s timely actions, professional and compassionate manner in which he performed his duty. This is a true testament to his character, professional responsibility, and compassion for everyone in the community he serves.