Man meets first responders who saved his life | Community Spirit
A thankful Stoughton man met the first responders on Thursday who saved his life last winter.
Mark Friend was pinned between two vehicles in January. While rescuers made their way to the scene, Stoughton's mayor and her husband talked with him.
Stoughton police, fire and EMS arrived and worked together to get him to the hospital. Friend lost his leg, but survived 29 surgeries.
"To me they're just a larger part of my family," said Friend. "They saved my life. It just made my family bigger, and I'll never stop thanking them for that."
Friend said he's grateful the rescuers saved him so he could continue being a husband and father to his two sons.
"We don’t generally get to meet someone after the fact. A lot of the time we put them in an ambulance, close the door, and you don’t really hear much more beyond that. So this is a really unique opportunity to meet somebody and see how we affected their lives," said Alex DeWitt, with the city of Stoughton.