MANCHESTER — When an 800-pound man needed to get to the hospital Tuesday morning, Manchester firefighters and an AMR ambulance crew built a makeshift bridge to get him from his front porch to an ambulance.
Then they spent another hour at Elliot Hospital getting him and his stretcher out of the ambulance and into the hospital.
“If he calls, we’ll go back and get him. He’s a citizen of Manchester,” said Manchester fire Lt. Brian Lemay, whose crew helped move the man from his apartment on Silver Street.
Lemay said the fire department received a call about 8:30 a.m. about a man in respiratory distress.
After stabilizing the man in his home, the rescue workers used plywood, pressure-treated lumber and cribbing to support a 7-foot-long bridge from his front porch to the back of the ambulance.
Lemay said rescue workers likely could have hefted the wheeled stretcher carrying the patient, but the platform reduced the risk of injury to the patient and the rescue workers.
“Even if we had six guys on either side of him, you’re not going through the doorway,” Lemay said. The bridge construction took about an hour.
At the hospital, workers spent another hour getting him off the ambulance.
They used a Tommy Gate — a hydraulic lift attached to the bed of a utility truck — to lower him.
The patient was conscious throughout the process.