Cham­ber hosts First Re­spon­ders Ap­pre­ci­a­tion Din­ner

Awards given to county emer­gency re­spon­ders

Cecil Whig - - FRONT PAGE - By CH­ERYL MATTIX 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

CECIL WHIG PHOTO BY JA­COB OWENS

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.

CECIL WHIG PHOTO BY CH­ERYL MATTIX

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.

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