GRATITUDE: Harvey Cedars Police Sgt. Steve Frazee stops by to visit Jim and Liz Fritz. Jim Fritz is recovering from a lot of major injuries following a box truck struck him even though he was using his bike on the Boulevard in May. (Equipped Picture)
A Harvey Cedars spouse and children is exceptionally grateful for the brief steps of a borough police officer, believing his prompt reaction saved the lifestyle of a 73-calendar year-aged man who was riding a bicycle when struck by a box truck approximately 3 months back.
Rick Simpson, nephew of the victim, Jim Fritz, claimed after Fritz was struck by the shipping and delivery truck, he was dragged under the entrance of the auto for 120 toes.
Proper at that time, Sgt. Steve Frazee was touring north on Long Seashore Boulevard on his way to the station to start his patrol change. Frazee straight away pulled in excess of and assumed manage of the problem. Ahead of he even approached the sufferer, he known as for a medevac helicopter to be on standby at Sunset Park. Frazee began immediate care, including CPR.
Fritz was transported to Sunset Park by way of ambulance and was flown to the AtlantiCare trauma center in Atlantic City.
Simpson said Fritz suffered many life-threatening injuries from the incident, which include 12 damaged ribs, a broken pelvis, severe fractures in one particular hand and compound fractures in a person leg. Fritz received several surgeries more than the up coming many months to repair the fractures. Due to breathing issues associated to the broken ribs, he used time on a ventilator and also essential a tracheotomy.
“Given his extreme situation, the trauma staff mentioned that it was the rapid and qualified reaction from Sgt. Frazee that saved his everyday living,” Simpson said. “Given that Sgt. Frazee witnessed that incident, he was tending to Jim inside of significantly less than 60 seconds. The first-reaction treatment was almost rapid and the swift dispatch of the medevac saved beneficial time and in the end saved Mr. Fritz’s everyday living.”
He stated that after several months in ICU followed by time in a rehabilitation centre, Fritz’s affliction commenced to get a miraculous change for the greater with quick enhancement. He returned to his house on July 28.
“There was a time when we had been actually scared we were likely to drop him, especially for the reason that there were being troubles with the tracheotomy,” reported Simpson. “But he’s coming along substantially more rapidly than we predicted. He can by now wander about the house utilizing just one cane, and the rehab employees did not believe he would be equipped to do that until finally September.”
Simpson mentioned a several times right after his return, Fritz been given a shock go to.
“A Harvey Cedars patrol vehicle pulled up to the dwelling,” mentioned Simpson. “Next matter we knew, Sgt. Frazee manufactured his way up the steps to my uncle’s again deck to examine on him. It was the 1st time they observed each individual other due to the fact that morning when he laid on Long Seashore Boulevard close to dying. The sergeant sat with my uncle and aunt for near to an hour and just frequented with them. It was a wonderful reunion for a target of a horrible accident having to thank the officer who manufactured a substantial variation.”
“I’ve identified Jim right before this took place,” explained Frazee. “In a small city like this, it is less difficult to get to know folks. I felt fortuitous being at the correct position at the correct time. I knew appropriate absent how severe this was, so I had to get in touch with for the helicopter. The driver of the truck stopped and tried using to enable, but there was not significantly he could do.”
A retired construction gear product sales supervisor, Fritz claimed that every single day “gets a minor far better.”
“I’m executing in-dwelling remedy,” he claimed. “Sometime in the drop I’d like to get again on the bicycle yet again. My goal is also to be equipped to walk unassisted by the finish of August.”
Police Chief Robert Burnaford mentioned he has presently created up a commendation for Frazee.
“He will formally be regarded for his heroic actions later in the calendar year,” he said.
— Eric Englund