A group of men are being hailed as heroes after saving the life of a 25-year-old man found walking down a street holding his severed arm.
A public works crew was fixing a footpath in Lewiston, in the US state of Maine, at 9am on Friday when the severely injured man suddenly emerged, the Press Herald reports.
The three witnesses immediately applied a tourniquet to the man’s arm and called the police for help.
Lewiston police Lt. Derek St. Laurent told the local publication their quick-thinking “probably saved his life”.
The 25-year-old man, who has not been identified, was rushed to Central Maine Medical Center.
It is unknown if doctors were able to reattach the arm, but the man is said to be “alive and doing well”.
Police said they followed the blood trail on the street back to AK Market, a general store, where people reported that the man had lost his arm in a band saw accident.
Lewiston Public Works Director Mary Ann Brenchick said her workers being in the area at the time was “divine intervention”.
“The three guys that were there…all of them just responded in the right way,” she told WGME.
“You know, trying to calm this person down first, because you can imagine someone walking down the sidewalk, and then bringing in the tourniquet.”
Two of the workers are arborists who train others on chainsaw safety, she added.
One of the heroes, named Ryan Barry, told the publication he did what he hopes anybody else would do.
“I'm happy to hear the gentleman is still alive and relieved to hear that he survived,” he said.
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