On June 10, 2019, Shawn Bull’s life took a turn for the worst.
The Ellington Public Works employee was cutting a riser for a catch basin.
Suddenly, Bull’s chop saw kicked back and caused multiple lacerations to his neck/throat area.
"There was a severe laceration and I didn’t have much time,” said Bull. “I just noticed a purple liquid oozing out of my neck.”
The painful memory is still troubling for Bull.
Crews work in teams and Bull was working with co-workers who he’s known for years.
Ronnie Moser and Richard Daugherty began running to Bull to apply pressure to the wounds.
“They put pressure on my neck and then Rich came out of the hole and he put pressure on my neck.
Daugherty is a veteran army medic who used his experience in the Iraq War to save his co-worker's life.
The two men along with Dennis Giroux never left Bull’s side as first responders rushed to the scene.
“I don’t remember the helicopter ride or anything else,” said Bull. “I definitely believe that I would’ve of died, if those individuals hadn’t done what they done.”
Paramedics arrived and later transported the father to a helicopter.
“If it wasn’t for their quick thinking, I definitely wouldn’t be here today,” said Bull.
Shawn went through two surgeries, 10 blood transfusions and lost two liters of blood.
He was released from the hospital after only four days and has been recovering at home.
“I’m just grateful and on the road to recovery, hopefully I get there sooner rather than later,” said Bull. “I’m only 48, I’m not ready to throw in the towel yet.”
Since being released from Baystate Hospital, all three coworkers have paid a visit to Shawn at his home.
Bull says he plans on returning to work after his recovery.