2018-03-02 / Front Page

An honor



Members of South Portland Fire Department presented Calvary Cemetery groundskeeper Ralph Conant with a Community Service Recognition commendation for coming to the rescue of a man who had fallen from his wheelchair on a frigid January day. “His actions definitely made a huge difference. It’s the smallest things sometimes that make the biggest difference, and we wanted to recognize that,” said Captain Christopher Copp, who presented the award. On Jan. 2, Conant was driving through the cemetery late in the afternoon when he spotted something amiss behind the maintenance garage. Not sure what it was, he went to investigate and discovered that a man had fallen from his wheelchair, which had become stuck on the ice and snow. The man had cuts on his arms and appeared to have been struggling for some time. (Courtesy photo) Members of South Portland Fire Department presented Calvary Cemetery groundskeeper Ralph Conant with a Community Service Recognition commendation for coming to the rescue of a man who had fallen from his wheelchair on a frigid January day. “His actions definitely made a huge difference. It’s the smallest things sometimes that make the biggest difference, and we wanted to recognize that,” said Captain Christopher Copp, who presented the award. On Jan. 2, Conant was driving through the cemetery late in the afternoon when he spotted something amiss behind the maintenance garage. Not sure what it was, he went to investigate and discovered that a man had fallen from his wheelchair, which had become stuck on the ice and snow. The man had cuts on his arms and appeared to have been struggling for some time. (Courtesy photo)

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