Military veteran aboard ambulance rescued by crew after it caught fire

(Photo contributed) An ambulance suddenly caught fire on Sandisfield Road on Friday, June 14.

SANDISFIELD — An ambulance suddenly broken into flames on Sandisfield Road while transporting a patient. But thanks to the quick thinking of the two members of the ambulance crew, the patient, a retired military veteran, was pulled to safety before the vehicle became fully engulfed with flames and smoke.

The Chicopee-based crew from Alert Ambulance Service Inc., which is headquarted in Fall River, was transporting the patient from a non-emergency appointment to Berkshire Rehabilitation Center in Sandisfield on Friday afternoon around 3 p.m. when EMT Justine Hanselman smelled smoke, according to Anthony Suffriti, vice-president of operations for the company.

Hanselman, who was riding in the back of the ambulance with the unidentified patient, alerted the driver, Christopher Moccio, of the conditions and moments later, the ambulance went into complete mechanical failure.

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