After a local woman suffered a cut from a broken glass while washing dishes, hitting an artery in the process, the West Elmira Fire Department helped ease her stress when arriving home. The firemen cleaned up the bloody mess in her home and left her a note reading,
“Hope you feel better and have a happy holiday with your boy. We cleaned up some shortly after you left, hope you don’t mind. We didn’t know what to do with the rug though. Have a glass of wine for us and feel better.”
Below is the original Facebook Post from the woman they helped.
“While washing dishes last night, I broke a wine glass and sliced open the side of my wrist, hitting an artery in the process. Instantly, blood was everywhere, spraying all corners of my kitchen. I wrapped it up in a towel, called 911, called my mom, and continued to bleed everywhere.
The West Elmira Fire Department got here first, and used a tourniquet to slow the bleeding. They kept me stable and helped Declan dry off and get his pajamas on while we waited for the ambulance. Feeling like I was going to pass out, they leaned me back in a kitchen chair and talked to me until an EMT arrived.
My mom wasn’t here yet, and Colin was working, so no one was here to watch Dec. Some of the firemen immediately offered to stay with him until someone else got there, and a neighbor came to wait with him, too.
Two IVs, nine stitches, and one tetanus shot later, I was discharged.
When we got back to my house, I was dreading the bloody mess that was waiting for me in every room. Surprisingly, though, the mess was nearly nonexistent. These men wiped down my fridge, coffee maker, speakers, cupboards, bathtub, floors, and even individual K-cups that had been hit. They put the dirty towels in my bathtub, threw away the glass, and cleaned up the blood in my sink.
While everyone last night went above and beyond to help me, I am especially grateful for these guys. Thank you so much, West Elmira Fire Department! Merry Christmas!”