Rescue at town swap shop

HANCOCK — Residents and workers at the town’s recycling center leapt into action Saturday, when one of their neighbors walked into the Swap Shop and said he wasn’t feeling well.

Dave Drasba had just thrown a bag of trash into the crusher when he realized something was wrong, according to Assistant Fire Chief Tom Bates. Drasba went into the Swap Shop, where residents gather to exchange unwanted items that are too good to throw away. Workers there had him lie down and immediately called 911.

“Dave knew something was wrong and got help,” Bates said. “A couple of people at the dump had some medical training, Everyone was in the right place at the right time. He was lying down and resting when we arrived.”

Bates said Hancock Police Officer Melissa Hetrick responded with an automated external defibrillator, which rescuers used to treat Drasba until a Peterborough ambulance arrived. Drasba was taken by ambulance directly to Catholic Medical Center in Manchester.

Bates said the Peterborough ambulances, which are always staffed with a paramedic, have equipment that enables rescue workers to quickly determine the best course of action.

One of the people who helped was Rachel Allen, a nurse from Manhattan who was visiting friends in Hancock.

“There was a commotion and I ran over to see what I could do to help,” Allen said. “The thing that was special was how everyone sprang into action. The response was swift and calm. Police and fire came within minutes. There was also just so much kindness. That’s what was really remarkable.”

Hancock Fire Chief Nevan Cassidy said Monday that Drasba was doing well at Catholic Medical Center.

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