“I’ve always been told, move her as minimal as possible,” Ornsteen said. “Once we got her on shore, I knew we better just wait for the professionals to arrive.”
EMTs and firefighters responded just moments after and loaded Donofrio into an ambulance bound for Parkland Medical Center in Derry. Cavallaro said he didn’t believe her injuries were serious.
Once she was bound for the hospital, her rescuers were treated for cuts on their hands and arms.
Despite their heroics, they were modest about what they had done.
“I didn’t even think twice,” Ball said. “I just went right in there and did what I had to do.”
Police were much more complimentary of the men.
“What they did made a huge difference,” Cavallaro said. “If it wasn’t for them, I think it’s safe to say we are dealing with another tragedy this week.”