Greenfield firefighters honored for off-duty heroics

  • Greenfield firefighters Alex Cooley and Michael Cachat were recognized during Wednesday's Town Council meeting for their heroic actions while off-duty last year. The two helped WAAF DJ Mistress Carrie, right, after she was involved in a motorcycle accident on Route 2 in Erving. RECORDER STAFF/AVIVA LUTTRELL

Recorder Staff
Published: 9/21/2016 11:13:37 PM

GREENFIELD — Two Greenfield firefighters were recognized during Wednesday night’s Town Council meeting for their heroic actions while off-duty last year when they stopped to help the victim of a motorcycle crash on Route 2, who also happened to be a well-known radio DJ in Boston.

Mistress Carrie, a longtime DJ at WAAF, attended the meeting to thank firefighters Alex Cooley and Michael Cachat, who cared for her after she was involved in a motorcycle accident on Route 2 in Erving last Labor Day weekend. Cooley and Cachat were off duty and returning from training in Peabody when they came across the crash.

Carrie, who was returning from Mount Greylock with her husband, was forced to lay her bike down when the car in front of her stopped short, slamming into the pavement.

“Within 30 seconds, these guys popped out of nowhere and they just said, ‘Don’t move’ — they weren’t wearing uniforms, they said, ‘We’re off-duty firefighters and we’re going to take care of you and you’re going to be fine.’”

Carrie said the firefighters checked her vitals and kept her calm while relaying information to a doctor who had also stopped to help. The doctor then relayed that information to Orange paramedics.

“They not only controlled the situation, but they made me feel like everything was going to be OK on one of the worst days of my life,” she said, adding that the off-duty firefighters didn’t have to stop and help her and certainly didn’t have to be as kind and professional as they were.

Carrie thought the firefighters said they were from Peabody, and spent months trying to track them down, to no avail. Then, while at a charity run out of Fenway Park a few months ago, Carrie said a man ran up next to her and said, “Hey, you look a lot better than the last time I saw you.”

It was one of the firefighters.

“Almost 10 months after the accident, they had a name,” she said.

Cooley and Cachat were recognized during the council meeting by Greenfield Mayor William Martin, Fire Chief Robert Strahan and Town Council President Brickett Allis, who presented them with citations on behalf of the Town Council, State Senate President Stan Rosenberg and Rep. Paul Mark.

“To you, perhaps it doesn’t seem like much,” Allis said to the firefighters, adding, “On that day, you were someone’s hero. You both, in using your training experience, were able to be someone’s miracle.”

Strahan said Cooley and Cachat are examples of every Greenfield firefighter — always going above and beyond the call of duty.

“I could not be prouder,” he said.

You can reach Aviva Luttrell at: aluttrell@recorder.com
or 413-772-0261, ext. 268. On Twitter follow: @AvivaLuttrell




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