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Haddam firefighters bring groceries home for crash victim

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Haddam firefighters helped woman after crash. (Haddam Volunteer Fire Company) Haddam firefighters helped woman after crash. (Haddam Volunteer Fire Company)
HADDAM, CT (WFSB) -

Volunteer firefighters went above and beyond the call of duty to bring groceries home for a crash victim in Haddam over the weekend.

The crash happened on Saybrook Road on Sunday when the driver hit a tree near Camp Bethel Road.

The woman had crashed after returning home from grocery shopping.

"She said 'I've got to get this dinner, my dinner home for my kids.' I said okay, don't worry about that, we've got to worry about you first," said Rose Eberl, who has been an EMT with the Haddam Volunteer Fire Company for seven years.

To help calm her down, Eberl made a deal with the driver.

"I said 'as long as you say you're going to go to the hospital and you're safe and okay, I'll make sure your groceries get home to your kids'," Eberl said.

While the driver was taken to Middlesex Hospital, Eberl brought the groceries to the woman's house so they wouldn't spoil.

"I said I was with the fire department and 'your mom was adamant about getting this hamburger home to you. Please put it in the refrigerator' and he promised he would," Eberl said.

In addition to fighting fires, members of the department plan an annual Christmas party for children, and hold boot drives for local charities and read book to children at the town library.

Eberl admits this was a first.

"First for groceries, we've done other things, we just try to help out our community as much as we can," she said.

Saybrook Road was closed for 30 minutes for the investigation on Sunday. 

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