On August 12th, mid-morning, Elsmere Firefighter and Past Chief Edward (Ned) J. Costigan took quick action to assist victims of a motor vehicle accident and revive an elderly patient using CPR while on vacation at Saranac Lake.
He heard the unmistakable sounds of a motor vehicle accident and screaming on Route 3 while deploying a kayak in the waters of Saranac Lake. He returned to shore and rushed toward the scene of the accident. He found a serious head-on motor vehicle accident with vehicles smoking. He not only assisted other travelers in removing the occupants from the smoking vehicles, but was also able to triage a family of five from one vehicle, and revive an elderly female from the other vehicle who was unresponsive, by using a short burst of CPR prior to arrival of local EMS and firefighters. The elderly female victim, who was in critical condition at the Vermont Medical Center ICU, has now been upgraded to fair condition. Firefighter Costigan joined the Elsmere Fire Company in August, 1971 and served as Chief from 1998 through 2003.