First responders rescued an elderly woman Friday afternoon who had been trapped under a fallen tree limb at her home on Wakefield Avenue in Port Washington, the Port Washington Fire Department said.
The woman received non-life-threatening injuries and was airlifted to North Shore University Hospital by the Nassau County Police Department Aviation Unit. The Port Washington Police Department established a landing zone for the helicopter on the north side of South Salem Elementary School to complete the rescue.
In addition to the woman, one firefighter and one police officer also sustained minor injuries during the rescue effort.
The Port Washington Fire Department was called to the woman’s home Friday at 2:33 p.m. Upon arrival, the Fire department said they had found that a “significantly large limb” had broken from a nearby large tree and fellon the woman while she was in her backyard. Police determined that heavy equipment would be required to rescue the woman, who was trapped under the tree limb.
The Fire Department used its Air Lifting – Extrication & Rescue Air Bags to lift the limb and rescue the woman. Port Washington Fire Department Chief Matthew Kerin said the woman was extricated within minutes.
The Port Washington Fire Department said “the extremely unusual nature of the emergency and complexity of the extrication” led them to call for mutual aid from surrounding first responder departments. They were assisted by the Port Washington Police Department, Manhasset Lakeville Fire Department, Roslyn Fire Departments, the Town of North Hempstead Highway Department Tree Crew and the Nassau County Police Department’s Emergency Services Unit, Emergency Ambulance Bureau and Aviation Unit.
All rescue operations were conducted under the command of Port Washington Fire Department’s Assistant Chief Patrick Saccoccia.