Neighbor hears cries for help from man trapped under car, makes life-saving 911 call

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Screen shot 2014-10-10 at 10.20.08 AMMANCHESTER, NH – A man was fortunate to be rescued Friday morning after becoming trapped underneath his vehicle. Rescuers were called after a neighbor heard his cries for help and called 911.

Manchester Fire and AMR ambulance crews were sent to 85 S. Lincoln Street on Oct. 10 just before 9 a.m.  where they found John Velasquez trapped underneath a vehicle that had slipped from a jack as he worked on it. Velasquez was unable to move and cried out for help.

A neighbor heard Velasquez’s cries and called 911, summoning a fire crew from Somerville Street Station within two minutes of the call. Rescuers used tools onboard the truck to free Velasquez.

Velasquez was taken for treatment of chest injuries which appear to be non-life-threatening, according to District Chief Michael Gamache.

Truck 7 from Sommerville Street Station in Manchester, NH.
Truck 7 from Sommerville Street Station in Manchester, NH.

“The alert neighbor who summoned assistance in addition to the rapid response and  quick actions from the members of Station 7, Group #3, saved this man’s life. Any delay in any of these actions would have more than likely contributed to the man sustaining further life-threatening injuries,” wrote Gamache in the incident report.

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