Chamber hosts First Responders Appreciation Dinner
Awards given to county emergency responders
— A poignant story told Thursday night by a county resident about the day he nearly died had it not been for the quick action of the Community Fire Company of Rising Sun perhaps best expressed Cecil County’s appreciation for its first responders.
Nick Cusmano, a Cecil County resident and member of the Cecil County Chamber of Commerce, told his story and publicly thanked first responders during a dinner hosted by the chamber on Thursday night for members of county fire companies, law enforcement agencies and emergency services organizations.
Cusmano recalled how he was struck by an inattentive driver while riding his bicycle along the side of Joseph Biggs Highway on Sept. 20. While he usually goes for rides with his 28-year-old son who has special needs, on this day Cusmano decided to ride alone, something he’s eternally grateful for.
“I was thrown into a ditch, but I remained conscious the whole time,” Cusmano said. “I was close to death. They (first responders) said they thought I had a collapsed lung, but they were able to stabilize me and got me to Christiana Hospital.”
His injuries, which included a lost spleen, loss of blood, eight broken ribs
U.S. Army Command Sgt. Maj. Matthew McCoy, who currently leads the Communications-Electronics Command (CECOM) at Aberdeen Proving Ground, addresses the crowd during Friday’s Veterans Day ceremony in Elkton.
Nick Cusmano, a Cecil County resident, quieted the room Thursday as he told his personal story of appreciation for first responders and what they do.