Fiorentini Praises Haverhill Family Who Aided Stranger After Power Saw Injury

Haverhill's Deschenes family was recognized by Mayor James J. Fiorentini Feb. 1. (Courtesy photograph)

Haverhill's Deschenes family was recognized by Mayor James J. Fiorentini Feb. 1. (Courtesy photograph)

James Hall via FaceTime.

Haverhill’s Deschenes family to the rescue! Mayor James J. Fiorentini offered appreciation on behalf of the city to Kathy Deschenes and her two children, Emily and Ryan, after the trio came to the aid of a stranger in need of medical assistance last month.

In a City Hall ceremony Friday, Fiorentini issued citations to the family for their “quick and potentially life-saving action” after a Jan. 17 accident near their home on Mariah Ridge Road. James Hall was working to repair a fence near the family’s home when he badly cut his leg with a power saw.

“Kathy, Emily and Ryan brought James, who was bleeding out, to their deck to lay him down, make a tourniquet and keep him calm until the ambulance arrived,” Fiorentini recounted. “What a story and what a family.”

Recovering from surgery at home in Pennsylvania, Hall was able to share his appreciation for the family through FaceTime. Haverhill Fire Department Chief William F. Laliberty and Christopher Dick from Trinity EMS also attended.