Two Winslow police officers and a Winslow firefighter will be honored for recent actions that the town police chief said saved lives in difficult situations.

Firefighter Ben Loubier and police Sergeant Haley Fleming were credited with saving the life of a “frantic and disoriented” woman who tried to re-enter her burning home to save pets and retrieve possessions.

Police chief Shawn O’Leary said in a statement that after the woman ran back into the building, Fleming and Loubier went back inside the burning structure, which was full of toxic smoke, in an effort to remove the woman.

The frantic woman physically resisted efforts to remove her and struck Fleming several times. Loubier arrived at the Winslow fire scene after having just left a structure fire in Waterville and helped Fleming remove the woman from the burning building just seconds before the fire flashed over and engulfed the interior of the building in flames.

Police Lt. Josh Veilleux was honored for saving a man who was threatening to jump off the Ticonic Bridge between Winslow and Waterville. O’Leary said that Veilleux responded quickly and gained the man’s trust by speaking with him in a “positive, non-confrontational and caring manner,” which resulted in the man abandoning his suicide threat.

O’Leary credited Veilleux’s quick response and compassion in convincing the man not to take his own life by jumping from the bridge.


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