As off duty CKFR Apparatus Operator, Terry Fassett, was driving northbound on Ridgetop Boulevard Tuesday afternoon, he observed a single vehicle accident in the median.
Fassett got out of his truck and made contact with a bystander who had witnessed the accident and was on the phone with 911. He then approached the vehicle involved, a late model Jeep, which appeared to have been traveling southbound on Ridgetop before leaving the roadway and striking a tree. The windshield was broken and all front airbags and side curtains had deployed. Fassett made contact with the driver, a male in his 60’s, and began assessing him for injuries. The driver had suffered a fracture to his right arm and had minor facial injuries. He was the sole occupant of the vehicle.
Fassett then noticed a small fire had ignited at the front passenger corner. He left the patient and retrieved an extinguisher from his own vehicle, but wasn’t able to put out the fire.
The patient was unable to get out of the vehicle on his own so Fassett cut the seatbelt, removed him, and carried him a safe distance away.
While waiting for crews to arrive Fassett made sure onlookers stayed away from the vehicle as it became fully involved in fire.
After turning the patient over to the responding CKFR crew on Medic 51, and providing his information to the Kitsap County Sheriff’s Office, Fassett left the scene. CKFR Engine 51 extinguished the fire.
We are extremely proud of A/O Terry Fassett’s actions, but not at all surprised. Central Kitsap Fire and Rescue is fortunate to have him as a member, serving this community.