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Bridgeport firefighters rescue finger from ring

October 2, 2018

BRIDGEPORT — City firefighters are trained to help residents in a variety of difficult situations.

Though firefighters are mostly known for their work with extinguishing fires and helping with motor vehicle crashes, sometimes firefighters’ work is a bit more specific — like rescuing someone’s finger, trapped in a very tight ring.

On Tuesday, the fire department shared photos and a brief story about a ring removal.

“Initial attempts for non-destructive removal were abandoned due to the patient’s pain and finger swelling,” officials said.

This is the second of such ring removals Bridgeport firefighters have done in recent months.

The first incident was in early August, when fire personnel cut a ring off a woman’s finger after she experienced swelling and pain.

The fire department underwent “man v. machine” training this summer that was focused on ensuring fire personnel had the skills to handle odd jobs rescues, including entrapment scenarios, someone being impaled and ring removals.

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